Electoral college votes measure approved for circulation

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February 5, 2011

In 2008, all 55 of California's electoral college votes went to the Democratic Party's presidential ticket

SACRAMENTO, California: An Electoral College Reform Act ballot initiative has been approved for circulation in California.[1]

The Attorney General of California's office gave it a ballot title and summary on February 2, 2011. The circulation deadline is July 5, 2011. 504,760 signatures must be submitted by that date to election officials if the measure is to qualify for the state's February 4, 2012 ballot as an initiated state statute.[2]

If the Electoral College Reform Act qualifies for the ballot and is approved by the state's voters, it will change the way California allocates its presidential Electoral College votes. Currently, the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote in the state gets all 55 of California's electoral college votes. The winner-take-all system would be replaced with one that awards 53 of the state’s 55 electoral votes individually to whichever presidential candidate gets the most votes in each congressional district.

The formal letter requesting a title and summary for the proposed initiative was signed by conservative activist Ted Costa.

An initiative with the same objective, the California Presidential Electoral College Reform Initiative, was proposed, but ultimately did not qualify for, the state's June 2008 ballot.

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