Oregon Senate Passes Bill Favoring Popular Vote

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In a 17-12 vote, Oregon’s state Senate on Tuesday passed the National Popular Vote bill, which would allow the state to join a coalition of states that seek to give their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who clinches the popular vote.

The bill will now move to the House of Representatives, where similar proposals have passed four times since 2007, a report from Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) said. If approved, Oregon will join 14 states and the District of Columbia in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

So far, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington state, as well as the District of Columbia, Colorado, Delaware, and New Mexico have joined the initiative which encourages a change in the presidential election process. Although the initiative intends to bypass the electoral vote, it does not eliminate it or undermine…

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