EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCHANGING THE VOTE
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Conversation Starts About National Popular Vote
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Reported: Oct. 31, 2012 9:21 PM EDT
Institute , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Sometimes people won't venture to the polls simply because they believe their vote won't count. But some local figures hear those cries loud and clear and have now started a discussion about finding a new way to make your vote count.
West Virginia State University hosted a forum focused on the electoral college and the national popular vote.
A panel of six talked to those in attendance about the possible future of voting and how the electoral college differs from the popular vote.
So far the popular vote legislation has been adopted in nine states.
"It's a conversation that most legislatures have looked at. Our legislature looked at it this year. It was up for discussion at one point," said Del. Meshea Poore.
Going strictly by the popular vote would prevent another 2000-type election, where Al Gore had the most votes, but lost the electoral college to George Bush. We could see the same thing this year with Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
"There's a possibility there will be a split decision this year," said Sen. Dan Foster.
But for now, those concerns and voting changes won't affect next Tuesday. However, Poore stresses the importance of knowing what could possibly become of voting.
"Don't wait til it happens and say 'Oh, what is this new national popular vote?' That it's something you heard about. That it's not new to you. So when it does come about, if it does happen, then you're not a stranger to it," said Poore.
West Virginia has five votes in the electoral college. Critics of the popular vote plan say it would give even more power to more populous states and those that are overwhelmingly for one candidate.
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