Tuesday, January 16, 2007

An update on a previous entry...

Last week I posted a note about state Sen. Edith Prague's, D-Columbia, submitting a proposed bill in the Connecticut General Assembly to do away with the Electoral College - and award the presidential race to the candidate who garners the most votes rather than the current system of weighted votes based on individual states.

Well, it seems it may not be that far fetched an idea afterall. I came across this Associated Press story out of Bismarck, North Dakota...

BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) -- A movement to essentially junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the nationwide popular vote is making some headway in states large and small -- including, somewhat improbably, North Dakota.

The National Popular Vote movement is aimed at preventing a repeat of 2000, when Democrat Al Gore lost despite getting more votes than George W. Bush. Backers are asking states to change their laws to award their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote nationally.

A bill to do that was introduced last week in the North Dakota Legislature, even though it could reduce the political influence of small states like North Dakota.

John Koza, a Stanford University professor who is one of the idea's principal advocates, said lawmakers in 47 states have agreed to sponsor the plan this year. It was introduced last year in Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New York and California, where the Legislature approved the measure only to have Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger veto it.

Backers say it would help bring a national focus to presidential campaigns


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