HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmakers are again considering legislation that would involve Connecticut in an effort to replace the electoral college system with a national popular vote system for electing U.S. presidents.
The General Assembly’s Government Administration and Elections Committee will hold a public hearing on the bill on Monday.
Last year, the same panel approved a similar proposal to make Connecticut part of the national effort. The legislation, however, failed to make it through the legislative process.
Advocates of the proposal believe the country should adopt a system where the presidential candidate with the most votes wins.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has said electing a president by popular vote would mean candidates would focus on turning out voters, particularly in densely populated areas like the Northeast.