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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Maryland voted to commit electoral votes to popular vote
Kyle Webster at 12:00 AM ET

On March 28, 2008, the State Senate of Maryland passed a bill altering the way the state allocates its presidential electoral votes. The bill committed to allocating the states' electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. This is in opposition to the standard procedure of the US Electoral College, though it is not in violation of the US Constitution or federal law. Similar bills have been passed in eight states and the District of Columbia as part of a national popular vote interstate compact. Forty nine percent of the total electorates, 132 electoral votes, are currently bound by this sort of legislation.

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