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Posted on Nov 9, 2008

Two states, Nebraska and Maine, have rules that call for splitting their electoral votes by congressional district. Now, for the first time in the modern era, one has done so. Barack Obama has won one of Nebraska’s five electoral votes, according to the Omaha World-Herald. (Maine’s four votes went to Obama on Election Day.) The president-elect’s total now stands at 365.

Omaha World-Herald:

For the first time ever, a blue circle will appear in Nebraska on national electoral maps.

Democrat Barack Obama won the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District on Friday, scooping up one of the state’s five electoral votes.

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By smendler, November 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment

Personally, I think the Electoral College would be more (samll d) democratic if all states followed the example of Nebraska and Maine - it would be very interesting to know how the race would have ended up if the Electoral College votes had been calculated that way.

Candidates would then have to go after *each and every* EC vote - the dynamics of a Presidential race would change dramatically, as all candidates would have to pay attention to rural and urban areas alike, and couldn’t rely on just carrying large cities to get all of a state’s EC votes.  It also makes it more conceivable that a minor party could score some votes in the EC.  (As a Green, I must admit I like that idea.)

There is a movement to remove the Electoral College completely, of course, but that would require a Constitutional amendment and probably not be easy to do.  This change would be made on a state-by-state basis, and should be easier to accomplish.

You might recall that the Republicans tried to do this in California - but resisted doing it in Texas.  I think the principle should be applied in a nonpartisan manner.

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By susan, November 10, 2008 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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The state-by-state movement to enact the National Popular Vote bill would make every vote in every state politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC). The bill would take effect only when enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

The National Popular Vote bill has been approved by 21 legislative chambers (one house in CO, AR, ME, NC, and WA, and two houses in MD, IL, HI, CA, MA, NJ, RI, and VT). It has been enacted into law in Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. These states have 50 (19%) of the 270 electoral votes needed to bring this legislation into effect.


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By cyrena, November 9, 2008 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment

Pretty cool…eh? I think this is a great idea.

You’re right GrammaConcept…one for every day of the year now.

I love it! smile

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By GrammaConcept, November 9, 2008 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

One for every day of the year…

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