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Plan: State electors would go to popular vote

The Assembly approved a plan to give its 55 Electoral College votes to the candidate with the nationwide popular vote.

May 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
California is joining other states in trying to make your vote for president more relevant.

The California State Assembly approved a plan that would give all of California's 55 Electoral College votes to the candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote.

Supporters say it would make candidates campaign harder here in California.

The effort started after the 2000 election which George W. Bush won due to his electoral vote count even though more Americans voted for Al Gore.

The Assembly passed AB459 on Thursday on a 43-18 vote, sending it to the state Senate. The measure has supporters from both parties but drew only a handful of Republican votes.

The bill would take effect if it's approved by states with a total of 270 electoral votes, the minimum needed to elect president. Seven states with a combined 77 electoral votes have approved the move so far. California has 55 votes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.