The proposal says that Maine will join the multi-state compact to go along with the popular vote winners as soon as states possessing a majority of the 538 electoral votes have agreed to go along with it. So far, 11 mostly Democratic-leaning states with 165 electoral votes have signed on.
Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, said he’s concerned the change would cause presidential candidates to focus their attention only on big population centers such as Miami, Dallas and New York City.
The way it is now, he said, small states such as Maine can make a difference. He pointed out that last year “Maine really did matter.”
“For God’s sake, Donald Trump showed up in Lisbon, Maine,” Mason said. “When little old Lisbon, Maine matters, that means the Electoral College matters.”