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Maryland bill would aim to speed up demise of the Electoral College

Maryland bill would aim to speed up demise of the Electoral College

More than a decade ago, Maryland agreed to enter a compact to bypass the Electoral College in favor of the national popular vote for electing a president — if enough other states went along with the proposal.

But the effort to kill the Electoral College stalled.

Now, state Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, is pushing a bill in the Maryland General Assembly he hopes will speed up the move to a national popular vote if other states also adopt the idea.

Ferguson’s bill, which is scheduled for a committee hearing this week, would authorize Maryland's 10 Electoral College votes to go to the winner of the national popular vote for president — instead of the winner of...

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