Maine eyes popular vote bill

Posted Feb. 04, 2009, at 3:13 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee is being asked to support a bill that calls for the election of a president based on the national popular vote.

The bill before the Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday proposes that Maine enter an interstate compact calling for popular election of the president. Maine would award its electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Pam Wilmott of the National Popular Vote Project said the bill is about more than one man-one vote. She says it would bolster turnout, especially in states where races are tight.

Common Cause of Maine is supporting the bill. No one spoke in opposition.

Four other states have enacted bills adopting the plan. Maine killed a similar bill last year.

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