electoral college

A bill joining Maine with states seeking to elect presidents by popular vote hit a roadblock in the Legislature Thursday.

Maine inched closer Tuesday toward joining other states that want to elect presidents by popular vote.  The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 19-16 to join an interstate compact that overhauls the Electoral College system currently used to elect U.S. presidents.

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There have been four times in the nation’s history that the winner of the electoral college vote did not win the popular vote. Senate President Troy Jackson of Allagash wants that to change. He has introduced a bill that would have Maine allocate it’s four electoral votes to the candidate for president who gets the most votes nationally.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Vanquished Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was awarded three of Maine’s electoral votes and President-elect Donald Trump received one following a vote by the Electoral College at the State House today.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett says he's received a steady stream of emails, phone calls and letters urging him not to vote for President-Elect Donald Trump.

Bennett is one of Maine's four electors in the Electoral College and he's supposed to cast his ballot for Trump on Dec. 19 at the State House. Bennett's ballot represents Trump's historic victory in Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

"I think in yesterday's mail I received six or seven letters," Bennett says. "I've received a regular stream of emails and occasional phone calls."