Virginia Won’t Change How Electoral Votes Are Distributed

by Katrina Trinko

From the Washington Post:


A Senate panel voted Tuesday to kill a GOP plan to change the way Virginia allocates electoral college votes.

The Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections voted to bypass the bill indefinitely. The bill’s sponsor, Charles W. Carrico Sr. (R-Grayson County), had proposed a substitute that he said would have made his proposal more fair.

Some opponents of the original legislation, including state Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Fauquier), said they might be open to that version, which would have divided electoral college votes in accordance with the popular vote.

But a majority of the committee voted to kill the bill.

There’s been a lot of discussion over changing the way electoral votes are distributed in states (instead of the winner-take-all model that almost every state currently has), but as the Virginia experience shows, it’s not going to be easy to change that system, with both Republicans and Democrats concerned abotu the wisdom of such a move. 

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