News

Debate on popular vote bill tabled; passage appears unlikely

Posted: Updated:
HARTFORD -

(AP) - It appears unlikely Connecticut will be the latest to join a group of states wanting to pool their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.

Leaders of the Democratic controlled House of Representatives on Thursday tabled the bill after about 90 minutes of debate.

House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, a Democrat, had told reporters earlier in the day that he wasn't sure if there was enough support for the legislation, which had narrowly cleared the General Assembly's Government Administration and Elections Committee in March.

Democratic Rep. Roland Lemar of New Haven says joining the compact would "ensure every vote counts in every state across the country." But opponents argued that Connecticut would ultimately have less sway in the electoral process under the proposal.

News 12 has recently updated to a brand new version of our iOS and Android apps.  If you don't have auto updates enabled on your devices, head to the App Store or Google Play Store to update to the latest version.  This will ensure you keep getting up-to-date local news, traffic and weather information.

  • Connecticut PoliticsPoliticsMore>>

  • President Trump shakes up CT governor's race

    President Trump shakes up CT governor's race

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 6:31 PM EDT2018-08-15 22:31:27 GMT

    President Donald Trump has weighed in on the race for Connecticut's next governor.

    President Donald Trump has weighed in on the race for Connecticut's next governor.

  • Lamont, Stefanowski win nominations for governor’s race

    Lamont, Stefanowski win nominations for governor’s race

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 7:34 AM EDT2018-08-15 11:34:48 GMT

    One of the most surprising primary elections in recent history is over.

    One of the most surprising primary elections in recent history is over.

  • Lamont wins Democratic gubernatorial primary

    Lamont wins Democratic gubernatorial primary

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-08-15 03:00:51 GMT
    Businessman Ned Lamont has defeated Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.Businessman Ned Lamont has defeated Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

    Businessman Ned Lamont has defeated Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

    Businessman Ned Lamont has defeated Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."