Since the 2012 presidential election, Republicans in Virginia and Ohio have floated the possibility of getting rid of their states´ "winner-take-all" systems of awarding electoral votes, proposing instead that they apportion their electoral votes by congressional district. In Virginia, state Senator Charles Carrico has introduced a bill that "would award one electoral vote to the winner of each of the state’s 11 congressional districts, and the state’s two at-large votes to the candidate that wins the majority of the districts." Carrico said part of the reason why he introduced the bill was because Mitt Romney won 63 percent
Comments: And you think gerrymandering is bad now. Bad plan.
There are changes that OH needs to make but this isn´t one of the. Cleaning up their voter rolls. Making sure a person is a legal resident of their state is another. A student attending college doesn´t count in my books. If you don´t qualify for in state tuition, you aren´t a legal resident to vote there either. This same day voter registration, voting is ripe for fraud. Republicans need to get a handle on this if we ever have a shot at winning again.
Every precinct should have their votes counted...winner takes all is a very bad way to do that, in fact it discriminates against voters not agreeing with the majority, a direct violation of the voter rights act!
So 50.0000001% of voters speaks for the whole state...BS!
Constitutionally the states can apportion their electoral votes anyway they see fit. Whle tinkering with time tested systems is always dangerous so is letting time warped systems continue.
The founders put the elctoral college in place to protect small states interests and it is a brilliant check and balance. That being said the founders never foresaw a time when the nations cities could so completely dominate the overall state vote that the rural residents were effectively disenfranchised.
But that is where we are at. I always laughed at the lefts calls for exactly this remedy after 2000. They would be the big loser here, imagine their ire at losing their lock on the CA/IL/NY surefire dem advantage? Or their complete shock to realize that flyover voters could have the same impact as their own plantation voters?
Maybe this should be thought through. As to gerrymandering, it wouldn´t get any worse, to have an impact the lefts safe inner city wards would have to be extended into the very dangerous suburban and rural areas.
Agree w/ OP. These folks need to take a look at how incredibly contorted Colorado Congressional districts are these days, thanks to two Democrat-chosen judges who, in the past two census cycles have put their own special stamp of approval on the districts. Nevermind the fact that the state constitution requires that the legislature do it - it was easier for Dems to find a sympathetic judge than do actually do their own jobs.
Any state that does this becomes a non-player in presidential politics. Regardless of size, the stakes are a few electoral college votes here and there. If that´s their choice...Ohio become New Hampshire. Virginia becomes Rhode Island.
I believe every state should drop the "winner takes all" system. California for an example. The "winner takes all" is won in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Now look and see where they have created their socialist utopian societies with the densest populations receiving social services (Welfare). It isn´t by coincidence, this is by design.
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