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Brown signs bill to give CA electoral votes to winner of popular vote

California Gov. Jerry Brown at the 2011 State of the State address.

August 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
California is officially on board to change the way America elects its president.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill that will give all of California's 55 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

California is the eighth state to approve the measure that would essentially make the Electoral College obsolete.

Supporters are trying to prevent a repeat of the 2000 election, in which Al Gore won the popular vote, but lost the election to electoral-vote winner, George W. Bush.