Vermont House Endorses Popular Vote Legislation

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(Host) The Vermont House has endorsed a bill that says presidential candidates should be elected by popular vote.

The legislation – which has already passed the state Senate – says the three Vermont members of the Electoral College should vote for the presidential candidate that wins the most votes nationally.

That change is designed to avoid the situation that occurred in 2000 when Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote but narrowly lost the Electoral College vote after the disputed recount in Florida.

Bennington Representative Anne Mook says the bill makes the presidential election process more democratic.

(Mook) If you believe that a vote cast in or state should count as much as a vote cast anywhere else and that a candidate who gets the most popular votes should win the White House than I urge you to support this national popular vote bill.

(Host) The bill comes up for final approval on Friday.



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