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Malloy, Wyman Back ‘Popular Vote’ Bill

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman are supporting a bill that would include Connecticut in an effort to replace the electoral college with a national popular vote system for electing U.S. presidents.

The two Democrats said Monday that they believe Connecticut should join nine other states and the District of Columbia that have enacted similar legislation. When enough states representing the 270 electoral votes needed to elect the president have signed on, an interstate compact would take effect. Presidential electors in those states would then be committed to voting for the winner of the national popular vote.

Malloy says he believes the candidate who wins the most votes should be president.

The General Assembly’s Government Administration and Elections Committee held a public hearing Monday on the issue.

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