Push to overhaul how presidents are elected gets more support

Maine is now the 17th state to join a movement looking to determine the presidential winner by the popular vote.

Gov. Janet Mills (D-ME) announced Monday that Maine will join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The legislation will be passed in the state without her signature. Under the compact, a state’s electoral votes will be given to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of how their state voted in the election.

Those against the move said rural voters would be overlooked and candidates will be less likely to visit Maine; those in favor said it gave voters in the city, suburbs, and country equal weight.

“Still recognizing that there is merit to both sides of the argument and recognizing that this measure has been the subject of public discussion several times before in Maine, I would
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