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N.C. Senate agrees to vote plan for electing president

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RALEIGH (AP) -- The state Senate has passed a bill which would enter North Carolina into a compact that could eliminate the power of the Electoral College system to choose a president.

If enough states representing a majority of the nation's 538 electoral votes agreed, the measure would require North Carolina to give its electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the popular vote nationwide. Most states, including North Carolina, give all their electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the popular vote in the state.

State Senator Dan Clodfelter of Mecklenburg County says the change could get presidential candidates to take North Carolina more seriously as the state's population continues to grow.

The bill passed on a 30-18 party-line vote, with Democrats in the majority.

The bill has been introduced in more than 40 states. It's being pushed by the California-based National Popular Vote organization that is led by a bipartisan advisory board.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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