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    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8U5D7480&show_article=1 NJ Gov. Signs Popular Vote Measure Jan 13 10:11 PM US/Eastern By TOM HESTER Jr. Associated
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      NJ Gov. Signs Popular Vote Measure
      Jan 13 10:11 PM US/Eastern
      By TOM HESTER Jr.
      Associated Press Writer
      TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey on Sunday became the
      second state to enter a compact that would eliminate
      the Electoral College's power to choose a president if
      enough states endorse the idea.

      Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed legislation that approves
      delivering the state's 15 electoral votes to the
      winner of the national popular vote. The Assembly
      approved the bill last month and the Senate followed
      suit earlier this month.

      Maryland—with 10 electoral votes—had been the only
      state to pass the compact into law.

      The measure could result in the electoral votes going
      to a candidate opposed by voters in New Jersey, which
      has backed Democratic presidential candidates since
      1988.

      The compact would take effect only if enough
      states—those with a majority of votes in the Electoral
      College—agreed to it. A candidate needs 270 of 538
      electoral votes to win.

      The compact has also passed both houses of the
      Illinois Legislature, according to the National
      Popular Vote movement, and has been approved by one
      legislative house in Arkansas, Colorado and North
      Carolina.

      Governors in California and Hawaii, though, vetoed
      bills to join the compact.

      The goal is to ensure that the national popular vote
      winner becomes president. Democrats who sponsored the
      bill have noted that their party's 2000 presidential
      nominee, Al Gore, won the popular vote but lost in the
      Electoral College.

      Sponsors contend the agreement would ensure that all
      states are competitive in presidential elections and
      make all votes important. It also would guarantee the
      presidency to the person who received the most votes.

      Republicans in the state criticized the bill as
      undermining federal elections. "This legislation is a
      constitutional travesty," Assemblyman Richard Merkt
      said. "It's a backdoor end-run of the federal
      Constitution."

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