From the AP:
Maryland is poised to become the first state to approve giving its electoral votes for president to the winner of the national popular vote, rather than to the candidate chosen by state voters.
The plan, passed Monday by the state House, would take effect only if states representing a majority of the nation's 538 electoral votes adopted the same change.
Some states are considering the move as a way to avoid a scenario in which a candidate wins the national popular vote but loses in the
Electoral College, as Democrat
Al Gore lost to George W. Bush in 2000.[snip]
The final vote in the Democrat-controlled House of Delegates was 85-54, with only one Republican endorsing it. The Senate has already passed the bill, and Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, plans to sign it, said spokesman Rick Abbruzzese.[snip]
But House Republican Leader Anthony O'Donnell called on lawmakers to reject the measure, which he argued would allow people outside Maryland to dictate the voters' choice and turn the state away from constitutional safeguards designed to protect smaller states.States rights has been constantly eroding over the years and now they want the majority and not the states to pick our President. These safe guards were out in place by our founding fathers and now they are being taken away.
"In fact, the citizens of Maryland could vote overwhelmingly, 100 percent, for one candidate, and yet the electors of Maryland — the 10 electoral votes — could go for another candidate," O'Donnell said.
Under the present system, voters support slates of electors, who then meet to choose the president. The Electoral College has 538 members, and the winning candidate needs at least 270 votes.
National Popular Vote, a group that supports the change, says bills have been introduced in 22 states. The Arkansas House and Hawaii and Colorado senates have voted for the change. North Dakota and Montana voted against it this year.
California lawmakers adopted the measure last year, but Republican Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it.
Look, originally we did not even get to vote for President. The Constitution called for the State's elected governments to decide who they wanted to work with as President. Then they sent their delegates to vote for the candidate. Now we get to vote for President and the State Sends delegates to vote for the President that the people of that state chose. We have only twice in history elected a President who did not win the popular vote.
It boggles the mind how people do not want this system. You like the concept of the majority rules? Well, you better be careful, because then all the minorities in this country, including homosexuals, will be ruled by the rest of the people.