- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State lawmakers are again considering legislation that would involve Connecticut in an effort to replace the electoral college system with a national popular vote system for electing U.S. presidents.

The General Assembly’s Government Administration and Elections Committee will hold a public hearing on the bill on Monday.

Last year, the same panel approved a similar proposal to make Connecticut part of the national effort. The legislation, however, failed to make it through the legislative process.

Advocates of the proposal believe the country should adopt a system where the presidential candidate with the most votes wins.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has said electing a president by popular vote would mean candidates would focus on turning out voters, particularly in densely populated areas like the Northeast.

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