SPEAK OUT: GOP in Some Swing States Seeking Electoral College Changes

Republicans want electoral votes allocated by congressional districts. Share your thoughts.

Republicans in Virginia and some other battleground states are seeking to change their Electoral College processes to counter recent victories by Democrats.

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.

-- Do you favor the proposed changes in Virginia and other states? Share your comments below.

See also: The Electoral College vs. Popular Vote

Under the new 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.

The 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.

However, Virginia is moving the fastest, the Washington Post reported. The state Senate could vote as soon as next week. If the legislation passes, Virginia would become the third state to adopt such a system, after Nebraska and Maine.

Also, Virginia proposes to allocate its two remaining votes not to the candidate who wins the statewide popular vote, but to the candidate who wins the majority of congressional districts.

Candide08 January 27, 2013 at 06:45 PM
I think it says volumes that the GOP needs to resort to trickery and voter suppression - in order to try to "win" an election. Their policies and positions obviously cannot stand on their own. The USA should vote on Sunday, scrap the whole electoral college - majority wins.
Candide08 January 27, 2013 at 06:46 PM
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George Wilson January 27, 2013 at 07:54 PM
The Republicans are already playing dirty in Virginia, this week a Republican-controlled senate subcommittee in Virginia approved a radical plan to award the state's electoral votes from winner-take-all to parceling them out by Congressional district. Districts that have been gerrymandered to favor Republicans. Thanks to Republican gerrymandering, Mitt Romney would have won 9 of Virginia's 13 electoral votes -- despite losing the state by over a million votes. If every battleground state adopted this plan, President Obama would have lost the Electoral College, and the election. The most important thing for us to do is to resolve some important issues for our political system and the way it operates especially in Georgia. The main ones are the financing of campaigns the drawing of districts and ethics reform. Nationwide only about 30 congressional districts are really in play because of blatant gerrymandering, mostly by Republican dominated legislators. Remember most of our state representatives have no competition because they are in protected districts. The bottom line is that in Georgia this is a one party state and therefore in my view our elected government in Georgia has no legitimacy and is undemocratic and cannot claim to speak for the people.
Jdesabre January 27, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Maybe its time we get rid of the electoral college and actuaally let our votes count.
Jdesabre January 27, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Maybe ot is time for us to rethink the way we elect our president, and get rid of the electoral college vote and allow our votes to be the ones that elect the president.


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