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Proposal would change Electoral College in state

December 16, 2000

Proposal would change Electoral College in state



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Del. Chris Shank, R-Washington, has announced plans to try to change the way the Electoral College works in Maryland.

Presently all of Maryland's electoral votes go to the presidential candidate who has the majority of the votes statewide.

Shank plans to co-sponsor a state legislative bill that would divvy up the state's 10 electoral votes in a way more fair than the present winner-take-all approach, he said.

The bill was suggested at last weekend's Maryland's Republican Convention, he said.

The state gets 10 electoral votes, for its eight congressional districts and two at-large U.S. Senators, he said. The electoral vote for each district would go to whomever gets the majority of votes for that district.

The two votes for the at-large senators would still go to the candidate with the most votes statewide.

The changes don't correct the whole problem, but do improve it, he said.

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In this election that would have probably meant George Bush would have received two electoral votes for winning the majority in the 1st and 5th districts, instead of all of them going to Vice President Al Gore, he said.

Shank made the announcement Saturday during an annual public hearing conducted by Washington County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly to receive input from citizens.

The bill should receive bipartisan support since it could help either party, Shank said.

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