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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.

E. January 27, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Obama won the election by 5 million votes. Under the proposed changes, he would have lost the election. If we want to make the system more representative of the will of the people we need to do away with the electoral college all together and decide presidential election based purely on the popular vote. Under these proposals urban voters would only count as 3/5 of a voter. Sound familiar?
hiendurance January 27, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Better yet, in a democracy majority rules. So all those votes in NY and Cali that never count would be counted if the outdated electoral college was eliminated. the only purpose of the electoral college is from the days of no mass communication. One man one vote nationally is true democracy.
Dave Clark January 27, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Typical republican tactics, cheat at all costs while blaming the opponents of being unamerican. Losers.
Roger Davis January 27, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Change da things that need to be change do right by the people Romney lost people of America stop looking at fox news their is no real true there
objr1176 January 27, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Its just another way to cheat the system can't win so rig the districts so well qualified people can loose the election.those who want to do this know there going to loose win there time comes cuz people of the u.s are getting fed up with the lies and outright racism that's tearing our great country up. In there words lets cheat to keep our seats
David January 27, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Electoral vote by Congressional District is a BAD idea - politicizes the counting and value of votes (gerrymandering = bad). Make it fair - select president by the National popular vote. http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/
Larry January 27, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I think the district approach is a good idea. The purpose of the electoral college was to make sure each part of the nation would be represented equally so that both cities and rural areas would have an equal say in how this country is governed. Both areas have different needs and interests and the way the nation has grown, cities interests greatly overwhelm those of rural America. You must remember that the United States is a representative REPUBLIC, not a pure Democracy and that is why the founding fathers set it up that way.
B Bennett January 27, 2013 at 04:04 PM
One man (or woman) ... one vote Were in the 21st century, lets revamp the system to allow each and every vote to COUNT. We live in Texas ... We voted for President Obama, so our votes counted for nothing (but it made us feel good)
jim87 January 27, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Award electroral votes according to percent won in each congressional districts. What a great idea. This is the only way to be totally fair. Times have changed and minorities are multiplying so fast, the old electroral college system dosen't work anymore. Let's start changing now.
jim87 January 27, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Change must occur now . I do not forsee conservatives or republicans winning the white house in the future. Democrates and liberals will control the white house for years and years to come.
mia kulpe January 27, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I favor abolishing the electoral college, so anything that moves us closer to my vote actually being cast for the candidate for whom I voted sounds good to me. I live in a state where it is tempting not to vote because, although my district has been won by my political party for years, the majority of the districts and population vote in a different way than I do. I would feel more that casting my vote made a difference.
barry Mckenzie January 27, 2013 at 04:12 PM
The republican have tried every trick in the book in an to steal elections, now this. They would be better served by coming up with polices that the majority of voters would support. The republican party have become totally own by corporations, and work for the benefit of these corporations to the exclusion of every one else. So the people that are voting for them now are those who benefit directly from these corporations, and the intolerant, irrational, semi literate, near literate and the completely illiterate, for the most part they reside in red states. The republicans are hell bent on driving all people of color, young people, and rational,intelligent,tolerant,and educated white people out of their party. They will never win another national election for 50 years, after Obama, Hillary for 8 more years.
Sarah Gilbertson January 27, 2013 at 04:13 PM
The Electoral vote system needs to be changed
mia kulpe January 27, 2013 at 04:13 PM
And when you do win, gerrymander like crazy to ensure that you win forever!
barry Mckenzie January 27, 2013 at 04:15 PM
The republican have tried every trick in the book in an attempt to steal elections, now this. They would be better served by coming up with polices that the majority of voters would support. The republican party have become totally own by corporations, and work for the benefit of these corporations to the exclusion of every one else. So the people that are voting for them now are those who benefit directly from these corporations, and the intolerant, irrational, semi literate, near literate and the completely illiterate, for the most part they reside in red states. The republicans are hell bent on driving all people of color, young people, and rational,intelligent,tolerant,and educated white people out of their party. They will never win another national election for 50 years, after Obama, Hillary for 8 more years.
mia kulpe January 27, 2013 at 04:16 PM
When Bush won, would you have liked to have seen things divided differently? We would be closer to having our voices heard and our votes actually count if we went with this system. I, personally, would like to do away with the electoral college.
Amskeptic January 27, 2013 at 04:17 PM
jim87"This is the only way to be totally fair. Times have changed and minorities are multiplying so fast," Jim? Minorities are Americans who deserve representation. This goal post change is to protect . . . who?
josh c January 27, 2013 at 04:18 PM
The GOP wants to rig the vote because they are sore losers.With the current system we see a party change about every 8 years.If the GOP gets its way,we'll see a 1 party dominent system in the US.There are terms for countries with a 1 party system:Communist,Monarchy,Totalitarian Dictatorship,you get the idea.By this logic,an urban vote would only count for 60% while a rural vote would count for 100%.Only an idiot would call this idea logical because in disenfranchises voters.This is not American and certainly against any sane democracy.
barry Mckenzie January 27, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Let me see, "minorities are multiplying so fast" therefore the electoral college does not work any more. I have a better idea why not ban all minorities from voting,that would solve your problem. Then when your party lose, that is the racists party, what would you change then.
barry Mckenzie January 27, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Happy days.
Barbin January 27, 2013 at 04:26 PM
The GOP should spend more time working on its principles rather than trying to game the system. If changes are going to be made, I believe we will end up with a national popular vote for President and the whole idea of dividing the vote by districts will be moot. The GOP in general is the party of being mean--mean to the unfortunate and mean to the middle class. Since the GOP doesn't want to change what it is, it will continue to lose national elections. I just wish voters would look at their state GOPs and realize that state legislatures have a bigger affect on their lives than the Congress--states get to allocate Medicaid as they see fit, for example--and vote in more Dems who generally have solving people's problems at heart. I live in Virginia and the main feature of our state GOP is to be mean--to women (our Governor is "vaginal probe Bob McDonnell," to immigrants (but, of course, in our Commonwealth our GOP legislators still want them to work for less and pay into social security, but never get to use it), to voters (the General Assembly turned down a bill to allow those over age 65 to vote early with no questions asked), and so on.
jim87 January 27, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Conservatives and republicans do not stand a chance against democrats and liberals as long as democrats keep giving free stuff and free cell phones. Allocating a percent of the electoral votes from winning congressional districts is the only way to go. Even then, it will only offer a sliver of hope to conservatives ever winning the white house. So far, republicans are doomed, don't see them winning and may even become extinct and insignificant in american politics.
jim87 January 27, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Conservatives and republicans do not stand a chance against democrats and liberals as long as democrats keep giving free stuff and free cell phones. Allocating a percent of the electoral votes from winning congressional districts is the only way to go. Even then, it will only offer a sliver of hope to conservatives ever winning the white house. So far, republicans are doomed, don't see them winning and may even become extinct and insignificant in american politics.
dbr January 27, 2013 at 04:52 PM
The Republicans do not realize they are opening a can of worms with this. ( but when has that stopped them in the past?) The logical conclusion is that it will become a popular vote for the presidential election and that they will loose on the current and future demographics. Tinker with care! The separation of power was based upon 3 branches of Government elected or selected (in the case of the Supreme Court) by differing methods to avoid abuse. The Congress by district ( and we now can see how that is abused by redistricting boundary gerrymandering), the Senate state wide and the Electoral college (because the Founding Fathers caved to state right advocates). Keeping to the one man one vote principle should imply that each vote is counted equally. Congress for the congressional district, Senate for the individual state and country wide for the Presidential office.
Diana Busteed January 27, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I'm so sick and tired of ultra conservatives literally doing anything and everything from out and out lying to blatant gerrymandering to subvert the a system that has worked successfully for 200+ yrs. But most of all I am distraught over the absolute lack of organized public outrage that in the past has kept our country from becoming one of mass radical extremes and allowed us to function through compromise towards the middle. This can only fully break the current cracks in the system. This is no different than the countries around the world we look at and scorn as the people allow extremists to take over their governments. Diana of Texas (so I should know about screwing up the system)
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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