"The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system," says The Boston Globe. The state's electoral votes would follow the national popular vote. "The bill, which passed on a 28-to-9 vote, now heads to Democratic Governor Deval Patrick's desk. The governor has said in the past that he supports the bill, said his spokeswoman Kim Haberlin. ... The current Electoral College system is confusing and causes presidential candidates to focus unduly on a handful of battleground states, supporters say. They also say that the popular vote winner has lost in four of the nation's 56 elections."