Delegates approve popular-vote bill

Measure would be a step toward direct presidential elections

General Assembly

April 03, 2007|By Jennifer Skalka | Jennifer Skalka,Sun reporter

The House of Delegates approved a proposal yesterday that could make Maryland the first state in the nation to award its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections.

The bill commits Maryland to a national compact that would go into effect only after states with electoral votes representing a national majority - the 270 required to win the presidency - also sign on. As such, it would likely not affect how the state's votes are counted in the 2008 contest - and could never be implemented if other states fail to approve similar measures.

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