Long before Hillary Clinton became the fifth presidential candidate in history to lose an election despite winning the popular vote, a movement had already emerged endeavoring to change how presidential elections are decided and operated—in theory, giving each voter a true stake in one of the most fundamental elements of democracy by empowering state legislatures to effectively nullify the current electorate system and decide the victor solely according to the populous vote. Already 11 states, including New York, have passed legislation to join the national popular vote compact. Collectively, these states represent 165 electoral votes, placing them only 105 shy of reaching the 270 threshold for the race to be decided.
Long Island voters will cast their ballots Tuesday picking not only the next president of the United States, but also their Congressional and New York State legislative representatives. The races up for grabs include New York's U.S. Senate seat, all five members of the U.S. House of Representatives for LI, plus the nine state Senators and 22 members of the state Assembly that represent the region in Albany.
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