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National popular vote in Michigan – Speaker Leonard says “I am 100 percent opposed”

A push to change the way Electoral College votes are awarded is sweeping across the country, and Michigan is among the states looking at the idea.

The National Popular Vote is a campaign aimed at garnering support from enough states to change the current winner-take-all approach for selecting a president through the Electoral College. Instead, the National Popular Vote would guarantee that the winner of the popular vote during a presidential election gets the majority of the Electoral College votes (270).

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Don’t believe the myths about a national popular vote

Now that the Connecticut Senate has passed, in bipartisan fashion, the National Popular Vote bill, I’d like to address some of the more common myths surrounding the bill that arose during the floor debate — and the likely outcomes of reforming the current state-based system. Some of these myths I have recently published as opinion here at The Hill.

First, this bill is not unconstitutional and it is not an end-run around the Constitution.

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Connecticut commits to national popular vote for president

A decade-long lobbying campaign in Connecticut ended Saturday with a surprisingly strong 21-14 vote by the Senate for final passage of a bill committing the state to an interstate compact intended to sideline the electoral college and elect the president by the popular vote.

The national popular vote compact would not take effect until states representing 270 electoral votes — the magic number to elect a U.S. president — sign onto a compact that essentially is a constitutional workaround, a way to undo a 200-year-old element of the Constitution without amending it.

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National popular vote for president the goal of new California proposals

California would step up efforts to bring about a system of electing U.S. presidents by popular vote instead of the electoral college under new legislation as well as a proposed November 2018 ballot measure.

The proposals follow Dec. 19 electoral college meetings that certified the Nov. 8 victory of Republican Donald Trump, who received more than 2.8 million fewer votes than Democrat Hillary Clinton. It is the second time in 16 years that the candidate who won the popular vote nevertheless lost the presidency – Republican George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore in 2000 despite losing the popular vote by about 540,000 votes.

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The electoral college badly distorts the vote. And it’s going to get worse.

Donald Trump won the United States presidency with 290 votes in the electoral college. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with 62,568,373 votes, as of Nov. 16, to President-elect Trump’s 61,336,159.

The electoral college has overruled the popular vote for the second time in the last five presidential elections. If all votes were weighed evenly, Clinton would have received 259 votes in the electoral college. Trump would have 256. Candidates from other parties would also have received electoral college votes.

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