National Popular Vote

A proposed change in how states cast electoral votes in a presidential election has sent a large number of lobbyists to the Minnesota state capital in the final weeks of the legislative session.
Representative Steve Drazkowski says fellow lawmakers seem to be split on a proposal for Minnesota to join a compact of other states approving a National Popular Vote.

Drazkowski says under the proposal, the states would jointly cast their electoral votes for the presidential candidate who received the most popular votes.

Drazkowski says he opposes the legislation because it may not be constitutional.

A similar bill failed in the 2013 legislature and, Drazkowski says, that has prompted an increased number of lobbyists to return this year. Drazkowski says he is not sure where the money for the lobbyists is coming from.

He also said if a National Popular Vote had been instituted in the 2000 election, Al Gore would have been president. Gore had the most popular votes but George Bush was elected because he won the electoral vote.

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