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D.C. Bill Aims To Reform Electoral College

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By Patrick Madden

The District may join the growing movement across the country to reform the electoral college system.

The city is considering a proposal to change the way it awards its electoral votes. The idea is for states to agree to cast their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote. If enough states commit to supply the 270 electoral votes needed to win, the popular vote winner would win the election. Right now, five states have signed on, and D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh is proposing a measure to add the District to the list.

"There is something intuitively appealing in a democratic society that the person who gets the most votes actually wins the election," says Cheh.

About 14 other states are considering the legislation. Cheh says if enough states commit to the deal, the District could receive more attention from the campaigns because of the number of people living in the region.

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