Lawmakers ponder popular vote

Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2010

JUNEAU - Alaska senators are considering an interstate compact that dumps the winner-takes-all electoral college system in favor of a national popular vote in presidential elections.

Supporters of the interstate compact told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday that candidates could better spread their time and resources instead of focusing on a few battleground states.

Opponents favor the current system because they say it forces candidates to court more moderate voters.

Hawaii, New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland and Washington have adopted the compact. It takes effect when states with a majority of the electoral votes sign on.

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