Virginia Senate Kills Bill to Alter Electoral College
Bid to change winner-take-all system is shelved for now
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 30, 2013 3:23 PM CST
State Sen. Charles W. Carrico Sr., R-Grayson, gestures during a meeting of the Senate Courts of Justice committee at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Jan. 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – The GOP's push to muck with the Electoral College hit a major stumbling block yesterday, when a Virginia state Senate committee shelved a bill that would have allotted the state's electoral votes by congressional district. Republicans in swing states around the country are pushing similar bills, but Virginia's was the fastest moving. Sponsor Charles Carrico failed to convince the committee to advance the measure, even after he modified it somewhat, the Washington Post reports. It seemed doomed anyway, with Gov. Bob McDonnell declaring that abandoning the winner-take-all system would be a "bad idea."

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jqpabc123
Jan 31, 2013 11:11 AM CST
Let's try anything and everything to mitigate the fact that our policies are skewed toward a shrinking share of the electorate. Every move like this alienates more and more voters from the Republican Party as it motivates the opposition. How many elections does the "stupid party" have to lose before they catch on to this simple fact? At some point, the stupidity alone becomes a valid reason not to vote Republican.
SPHeroid
Jan 30, 2013 8:41 PM CST
To abandon the Electoral Collage would take a Constitutional Amendment.... It won't happen because the small and mid-sized states would not want to reduce their influence....
cornelison
Jan 30, 2013 8:36 PM CST
Don't ever trust those Republican governors. They're still working on how to steal The White House. In addition, there's nothing to stop them from bringing back their electoral scheme 2 weeks before the next federal election.