Maine To Join Multi-State Popular Vote Compact

News Center Maine reports:

Maine on Monday became the latest state to join an effort to elect the president by a national popular vote. State lawmakers recently passed a bill to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and Gov. Janet Mills on Monday announced she will allow the bill to become law without her signature. Maine became the 18th jurisdiction to sign on to the plan, which has been endorsed by 17 other states and Washington, D.C.

Currently, Maine’s four Electoral College votes are distributed by which presidential candidate wins the state, good for two votes, and which candidate wins the state’s two congressional districts, good for one vote in each district. With Maine’s endorsement, the popular vote plan now accounts for 209 of the 270 electoral votes needed. Several other states are currently debating joining the compact.

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