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Hurray for Maryland's new Governor Martin O'Malley.
He signed a bill into law making his state the first to approve a plan to give its electoral votes for president to the winner of the national popular vote instead of the candidate chosen by state voters. As Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker puts it, "(It would) make the Presidential elections truly national. Every citizen's vote would be worth casting, and worth campaigning for, no matter what state it happened to be cast in. Grassroots politics would be worth the trouble everywhere, not just in a dozen swing states."
If only other states would follow suit. Here's the the story. Write your Governor!