States look to change way election decided

Partners of the National Popular Vote effort, which seeks to bypass the Electoral College established in the U.S. Constitution, have announced a possible “December surprise” that could change the nation’s electoral system by 2016.

The NPV campaign is working to obtain the consent of the majority of the 538 votes in the Electoral College to award electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote instead of the winner of the popular vote in each state.

In an opinion piece published Nov. 7 by Roll Call, Rob Richie, executive director of the electoral reform group FairVote, and FairVote democracy fellow Claire Daviss, urged Pennsylvania and Michigan to join the interstate pact to usurp the Electoral College.

Their piece was titled “December Surprise? States May Change The Electoral College System Before 2016.”

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