Former Gov. William Weld sues to overturn Massachusetts’ winner-take-all presidential election system

MassLive Feb 21, 2018

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld is suing to overturn the state’s winner-take-all system for presidential elections, as part of a nationwide campaign to change how the United States chooses its chief executive.

The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Boston, alleges that the system — in which presidential electors are legally obligated to support the candidate who receives the most votes in the state — disenfranchises supporters of losing candidates and is unconstitutional.

Weld’s suit is part of a broader effort to establish proportional voting across the 48 states which currently use a winner-take-all system. Suits have been filed in Massachusetts and California, both heavily Democratic, and in the Republican-majority states of Texas and South Carolina.

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