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HB 55 part of ‘Winner-Take-All’ movement

BY TOM WRIGHT
Columnist

We have elected 45 presidents and five have been second-place winners in the popular vote. I visited with a friend the other day and he voiced the need to circumvent the electoral college saying, “We need to elect our presidents just like we do all other politicians, by popular vote.”

His reasoning sounds good, if you don’t think about it. The problem with his reason is, all other politicians are elected to represent local or state districts and only our presidents are elected to represent us nationally.

The national popular vote movement is not new.  It has been around since the early 1800s and is not a part of the U.S. Constitution. And once again, there is a winner-take-all bill before the New Mexico Legislature (HB 55), if passed would move New Mexico into a compact of 11 other states requiring their designated electors to cast their ballots for the national popular vote winner and not who won the local state vote.

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