Maine Gov letting proposal to elect President by popular vote become law without her signature

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The Democratic governor of Maine announced Monday that she’s letting a proposal to elect the president by popular vote become law without her signature. Maine is the latest to join the multistate effort where each state would allocate all of its electoral votes to the candidate that wins the national popular vote for president, regardless of how the individual states voted in an election.

The Associated Press writes that “opponents point out that the role of small states like Maine could be diminished if the electoral college ends, while proponents point out that two of the last four presidents have been elected through the electoral college system despite losing the national popular vote.”


Mills said she believes “the person who wins the most votes should become the president. To do otherwise seemingly runs counter to the democratic foundations of our country.” Maine and Nebraska are the two states that splits its electoral votes.

“Still, recognizing that there is merit to both sides of the argument, and recognizing that this measure has been the subject of public discussion several times before in Maine, I would like this important nationwide debate to continue and so I will allow this bill to become law without my signature,” the governor said in a statement.


The AP notes the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is on hold for now — and won’t play a role in the upcoming November election. However, the compact would take effect “only if supporters secure pledges of states with at least 270 electoral votes. Sixteen states and Washington, D.C. have joined the compact and Maine’s addition would bring the total to 209, the governor said. Other hurdles include questions of whether congressional approval is necessary to implement the compact.”

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