Maine Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote

Maine Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote

  • The Maine Senate has passed a bill that would award the state’s Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote in a presidential election.
  • The Bangor Daily News reports that the state chamber approved the bill in a 19-16 vote on Tuesday.
  • ADVERTISEMENT. If passed by the state House and signed by Maine Gov. Janet Mills, the state would become the latest to join National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which is an agreement among a number of states to give their electoral college votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote.
  • 14 states and Washington D.C. have joined the pact, which will only take effect if a number of states holding the majority of the Electoral College’s 538 electoral votes join the agreement.
  • Since the formal body was created in 1787, there have only been five instances where a presidential candidate has been elected without winning the popular vote.
  • During the 2016 election, Trump lost the popular vote to by nearly 3 million votes.
  • Trump won the election after he managed to secure 304 electoral votes.