Monday, January 02, 2012

California makes change to its own electoral college vote count law

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill that directs all of the state’s 55 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, should that contradict California’s own vote. A typical story is (link url) here

California is the ninth such state (with a total of 132 electoral votes) to do this, behind Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, the District of Columbia and Hawaii.

The intention is to force the candidates to campaign across the country and not just in electoral-vote heavy swing states.

In 2000, George W. Bush finally won the election following the Florida debacle,  even after Gore won the popular vote.

This is a story high school government teachers should focus on.  It could make a good SOL question in states that have passed it.  

Picture: Yosemite, from my parents' vacation in 1940.  

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