- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Republican lawmakers looking to increase Arizona’s say in national elections have passed a measure to create a national popular vote.

Bill sponsor Rep. J.D. Mesnard of Chandler says that under the current electoral process presidential candidates spend the majority of their time in swing states rather than in states that often vote the same way such as Arizona.

The proposal would enter Arizona into an inter-state compact to elect the president and vice president by a national popular vote without removing the electoral college.

Once the compact has enough states to gather 270 electoral votes it would require electors in each member state to cast their vote for whoever wins the national popular vote.

The House passed House Bill 2456 on a 40-16 Thursday. It now moves to the Senate.

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