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Republican seeks to withdraw from National Popular Vote Compact before 2020

January 7, 2019

HARTFORD — Seven months after Connecticut passed legislation promising its electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in presidential elections, a Republican state representative has filed a bill to repeal the act.

State Rep. Kurt Vail of Stafford Springs proposed legislation Friday to withdraw the state from the National Popular Vote compact.

The compact is not in effect yet: it’s activated when states representing 270 electoral votes have signed on. So far, 11 states and the District of Columbia have joined, putting the total at 172 electoral votes. States with 98 more electoral votes would need to pass legislation to enter the compact in order for it to be implemented in 2020, the next presidential election.

Other than Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland and Washington have approved the compact.

The measure passed in Connecticut in May after a decade of lobbying. It skated through the House on a close vote, but received bipartisan support in the Senate.

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