Iowa Looking to Break From Electoral College

DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa lawmakers are considering changing the way the state's presidential votes are counted as part of an effort to break from the Electoral College system.

The proposal is moving through the state Senate and so far has generated little opposition.

It calls for Iowa to join with other states and pledge its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, no matter who wins in Iowa.

Once states representing 270 electoral votes have adopted such a resolution, it would go into force.

Support for such a move has been building since 2000, when President Bush became president despite losing the popular vote to Al Gore.
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