I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
National popular vote bill passes N.M. House of Representatives
The legislation, written by Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, is part of a national effort to ensure that the winner of the popular vote wins the presidency… unlike the 2000 election. The bill says that once states totaling 270 electoral votes enact the legislation, their electoral votes would be tied into the national popular vote instead of the electoral college. Until then, presidential contests will continue to be decided by the electoral college.
To win the presidency currently, one needs 270 electoral votes.
In 2000, Vice President Al Gore lost to George W. Bush despite winning the popular vote.
If the Senate approves, and Gov. Bill Rihcardson signs the bill, New Mexico would be the fifth state to approve the legislation. Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey have already passed the legislation. That is 50 electoral votes, or 19 percent of the votes necessary for the legislation to begin.
New Mexico has five votes in the electoral college out 538. Each state receives an electoral vote for each senator and representative. Thus, each state, no matter the population, receives at least three electoral votes. California currently has the most electoral votes, 55.