Montana Legislature considering law that would base electoral votes on national popular vote

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MONTANA - A bill on the floor of the Montana State Legislature would drastically change how the state chooses presidential nominees.

House Bill 394 would have Montana join a growing coalition of states with laws saying the state will give their electoral votes in presidential elections to candidates who win the national popular vote.

If this bill had been law in 2016, Montana's three electoral votes would have gone to Hillary Clinton, even though she only received 35 percent of the popular vote in the state.

The bill will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday.