Conn lawmakers consider national popular vote bill

March 11, 2011

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HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut lawmakers are being asked to consider legislation that promotes replacing the nation's electoral college system with a national popular vote as the method for electing U.S. presidents.

The General Assembly's Government Administration and Elections Committee was hearing testimony Friday on a bill that would allow Connecticut to join an interstate compact. Participating states would agree to allocate all of their electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most votes in all 50 states.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is among those who back the legislation.

Merrill says electing the president by popular vote would mean candidates and parties would focus on turning out voters, particularly in densely populated areas like the Northeast. She says Connecticut could then play a more relevant role.

The bill awaits committee action.