Maine Senate moves to award electoral votes to popular vote winner

Maine Senate moves to award electoral votes to popular vote winner

The Maine House voted to reject a bill Thursday that would bind the state’s Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote. After LD 816, sponsored by Senate President Troy Jackson, was advanced in the Senate by a 19-16 vote on May 14, its vote in the House was delayed for several sessions before it was considered Thursday.

 · Maine is worth four Electoral College votes, and there are two Congressional districts in the state. Winning the popular vote in a district will earn a candidate one elector.

6 days ago. The Maine state legislature recently defeated a bill that would have changed the. on to the compact are agreeing to give all of their electoral votes to the winner of the. And based on the popular vote winner in each respective district, the electoral vote is assigned or goes with that popular vote winner.

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AUGUSTA – In an attempt to circumvent the electoral college, a group of liberal lawmakers, led by Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery), are sponsoring a bill (L.D. 418) that would enter an agreement with other states to give away Maine’s four electoral college votes to the candidate that wins the most votes across the other 49 states, plus Maine.

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Maine, however, awarded all of its electoral votes to Democratic candidates in every presidential election between 2000 and 2012, but in 2016 it awarded one to the Republican candidate. Bernie Sanders won the Maine Democratic caucuses on March 6, 2016, with 64.3 percent of the vote.

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The Maine Senate has passed a bill that would award the state’s Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote in a presidential election. The Bangor Daily News reports that the state chamber approved the bill in a 19-16 vote on Tuesday.

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In all but two states, electoral votes are ‘winner-take-all’. The candidate winning the popular vote normally receives* all of that state’s votes. Maine and Nebraska have adapted a different approach. Using the ‘congressional district method’, these states allocate two electoral votes to the state.

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