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Maine could push to change way president gets elected

The House voted 77-69 Wednesday to join the National Vote Interstate Compact. Enough Democrats flipped from an earlier vote to keep the bill alive.
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine's House is breathing new life into a proposal to join states pledging to award Electoral College tallies to the national popular vote winner in presidential elections.

The House voted 77-69 Wednesday to join the National Vote Interstate Compact. Enough Democrats flipped from an earlier vote to keep the bill alive.

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The agreement would only kick in when enough states join to reach 270 electoral votes.

Now, Maine's proposal faces action in the Senate, which has favored it.

To date, over a dozen states representing roughly 200 votes have joined the compact. Governors in New Mexico, Delaware, and Colorado signed legislation this year, while Oregon lawmakers passed such a bill.

Critics say big cities would wield all the power. Supporters say candidates would still need suburban and rural voters' support.