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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.

Updated 11:07 a.m., January 26

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.

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.

ponddogtoo January 26, 2013 at 03:51 PM
And to Mike Gardner. Name calling is about the only way that a Liberal can justify his or her position. Why not try to discussing instead of being disgusting.
Samuel Jay Davis III January 26, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I'm happy you said "appeal" and not "change" to garner more people's support. This is the key issue. It is not that their policies or views are that out of touch, it is the fact that they do a hideously poor job of explaining their views and educating voters. They run against their opponent and not against their opponents policies or beliefs and how those may negatively affect the country. What's wrong with smaller govt.? What's wrong with lower taxes? What's wrong with stopping illegal immigration? What's wrong with support same sex marriage? If candidates were able to truly speak about their views on these issues, and do so credibly, maybe people would listen. Next, the media clearly drowns out those whom speak against their own Progressive agenda. Thus there are far fewer channels or outlets promoting legitimate exchange of ideas, deeper discussions that stay out of name calling. There are clearly answers to the issues raised above, but, simply dropping your ideals to get elected means you stand for nothing more than getting elected and thus have no business being elected. BTW, show me in the Constitution where it says you even have a right to vote in the Presidential election?
Steve Burns January 26, 2013 at 04:10 PM
To everyone: We love comments on this and all articles, but a reminder of our Terms Of Use. This includes respecting other commenters. Inappropriate comments will be deleted. http://suwanee.patch.com/terms
ponddogtoo January 26, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I agree so much with Matt. I tried to reply to him but the system did not let me. So I will do it here. ! I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who said words to this effect: A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have. And for that government to get big it has to make big promises. Promises that will prove to be impossible to keep. They will have to rob Peter to pay Paul. As long as there are enough Peters that will work but eventually Peter will get fed up and will quit, get sick of it or die. Of course the liberals will always have the support of Paul but what will happen when there is nothing left but all Pauls? We need to think about who are our leaders and how they are perpetuating their power and we need to do it now before it is too late for our nation.
commen sense January 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Wow they didn't say that when bush stole Florida elections.

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