Saturday, January 19, 2013

[Peninsula-Patriots] New Election Laws - Center for Western Journalism

Virginia and other states are looking at making changes to the manner in which the electoral votes are counted.   Read below and I urge you to support VA's current bill SB723, which allows, among other things, each electoral district's majority of votes to actually go to that candidate.  Romney would have won Virginia had this been the election law in 2012.  Read the bill and contact our  legislators.


From the Center for Western Journalism:

After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier for them to win.
From Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, GOP officials who control legislatures in states that supported President Barack Obama are considering changing state laws that give the winner of a state's popular vote all of its Electoral College votes, too. Instead, these officials want Electoral College votes to be divided proportionally, a move that could transform the way the country elects its president.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus endorsed the idea this week, and other Republican leaders support it, too, suggesting that the effort may be gaining momentum. There are other signs that Republican state legislators, governors and veteran political strategists are seriously considering making the shift as the GOP looks to rebound from presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Electoral College shellacking and the demographic changes that threaten the party's long-term political prospects.
"It's something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at,"
Priebus told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, emphasizing that each state must decide for itself.

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