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Would You Like to See Changes to the Current Electoral Vote System?

Some Republicans want electoral votes to be allocated by congressional districts.

Republicans in Virginia and some other battleground states are seeking to change their Electoral College processes to counter recent victories by Democrats. There are some doubts, however, that these plans will get too far as some top Republicans are not in support of the idea.

According to the Washington Post and other media outlets, the plan would allocate all but two electoral votes by congressional districts won, and the last two by statewide popular vote. In almost all states, including Georgia, the electoral vote is now apportioned solely by the statewide popular vote.

Under this proposed plan, President Obama would have won just four of Virginia's 13 electoral votes in the past election, rather than all of them.

And according to the Huffington Post, had the 2012 election been apportioned in every state according to these new Republican plans, Mitt Romney would have led Obama by at least 11 electoral votes.

Other states pondering such changes are Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Like Virginia, their electoral votes went to Obama in 2012, although the states are controlled by Republicans at the state level.

If the legislation were to pass in Virginia, it would become the third state to adopt such a system, after Nebraska and Maine.

Is this something you would like to see adopted in more states or, like many feel about the Constitution, is it something that was set up for a reason and should be left alone?

K. Gwaltney February 09, 2013 at 11:28 AM
As a Republican, it's very hard for me to look at the popular vote map and not cry foul. It would be the same if roles were reversed. Do away with the electoral college.
Marlene Mitchell February 09, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Take a look at Washington State. Seattle runs roughshod over most of the state to the point that the eastern part wants to become its own state just to get a fair voice in the capital. We need a new plan and I hope I hear some intelligent ideas here and not just petty bickering. I'd really like to hear some pros and cons about dumping the electoral college and what to replace it with.
Donna Robinson February 10, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Leave the electoral college alone. I hate losers that try to change the game so they can win it is sad and pathetic!
Observer February 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Donna, Both sides are trying to make changes, not just the Republicans. The Democrats want to do away with the electoral college by having all presidential elections decided by popular vote by state. How about this, how about both sides respect the constitution as written.
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