Title

North by East. Split Decision: How Maine Ended Up with its Oddball System for Picking a President -- and Why that System is Better than the Way 48 Other States Do It

Authors

Rob Sneddon

Source

Down East

Date

2-2015

Pages

25-25

Abstract

Since 1969, two of Maine's four electoral votes go to the U.S. presidential candidate who wins the statewide popular vote, with the other two votes going to the winner of each congressional district. The background of how this decision was reached in the state legislature is given as well as the benefits it could be for avoiding electing a president who does not receive the majority of the popular votes.

Subjects

Presidents--Election, Electoral college

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