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Oregon Senate passes bill aimed at bypassing Electoral College

SALEM, Oregon — A bill that would make Oregon’s Electoral College votes in presidential elections follow the popular vote is moving through the legislature. The U.S. Constitution allows states to make their Electoral College votes match the national popular vote.

“Of course it would be foolish for an individual state to decide to do so in the absence of other states agreeing to join them,” said state Senator Michael Dembrow (D-Portland).

Dembrow said a bill that passed the Senate would make Oregon part of a compact, so that when enough states total 270 Electoral College votes Oregon would make its votes the same as the national popular vote, along with other states in the compact.

The bill has bipartisan support and now moves to the state House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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