The Maine Senate backed a bill Tuesday to add Maine to a growing number of states that would award their state’s Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote in a presidential election.
The Senate voted 19-16 to have Maine join the interstate compact, a vote which fell largely along party lines, with all Republicans and two Democrats opposed to it, reports the Portland Press Herald.
The measure will now head to the Democratic-controlled House for consideration.
If passed by the state House and signed by Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D), the state would become the latest to join National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which will only take effect if a number of states holding the majority of the Electoral College’s 538 electoral votes join the agreement.
So far, 14 states and Washington D.C. – comprising 189 electoral votes – have joined the pact.
“We’re not in the 1700s anymore,” said Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden. “Sometimes we change the laws because we live in a modern century. It happens a lot. This one needs to be changed.”
President Trump lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 but captured enough electors to win the presidency, as did Republican George W. Bush over Democrat Al Gore in 2000.