Proposal to honor Ohio popular presidential vote withdrawn

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - UPDATE: 4/10/19 1:35 P.M.

A ballot measure proposing to give Ohio's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote has been withdrawn.

The proposed amendment would have forced lawmakers to assure the Electoral College's votes were delivered to whichever candidate won the most votes nationally, rather than the most votes within Ohio.

Organizers of the proposed constitutional amendment withdrew the measure Tuesday in a letter to Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose. Ohioans for Making Every Vote Matter, the group behind the effort, said in a statement that there wasn't sufficient time for gathering enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 5, 2019, ballot.

The group added that it plans to continue working to "raise the importance of a national popular vote" for the presidential election with Ohio voters.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Ohio's coveted electoral votes would be delivered to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote under a proposal making its way toward the state's fall ballot.

The amendment, certified Monday, would force lawmakers to assure the Electoral College's votes are delivered to whichever candidate wins the most votes nationally, rather than the most votes within Ohio.

The popular-vote winner has lost five times in U.S. history, twice since 2000.

Republican victories in Ohio helped tip the 2000 election in favor of Republican George W. Bush over Democrat Al Gore and the 2016 election in favor of Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

A national movement is burgeoning to defy the Electoral College system and to honor the popular vote in presidential elections.
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