January 30, 2013 |
Republicans in the Virginia Legislature have failed in their audacious attempt to change the allocation of the state's 13 electoral votes from winner-take-all to a system in which the votes would be based on the outcome in congressional districts. Had the change been in effect in November, President Obama, who won 51.1% of the popular vote in Virginia, would have received only four electoral votes while Mitt Romney would have been awarded nine. That fuzzy math would have been made possible by the magic of gerrymandering.
January 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A concerted Republican effort to alter the balance of power in presidential elections by changing the rules for the electoral college is facing significant hurdles - including from some GOP officials in the affected states. All but two states currently award electoral votes under a winner-take-all system. Plans to replace that with a proportional system are under consideration in half a dozen states, including Pennsylvania, Virginia and Michigan. All were presidential battlegrounds that President Obama carried last fall.
January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A significant number of Latino voters could be convinced to vote for Republican candidates if the GOP changed its tack on immigration, according to an analysis of election results and polling data by a Seattle-based polling firm that extensively surveys Latino voters. “Immigration is causing Republicans to leave votes on the table,” said Stanford University professor Gary Segura, one of the principals of the Latino Decisions polling firm, speaking with reporters by telephone Wednesday.
January 22, 2013
Re "Second time is historic in its own right," Column, Jan. 20 Since it has been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation and nearly 50 years since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we are painfully reminded of the reality of Sandy Banks' observation "that we can't undo the damage of generations of injustice simply by passing a law. " But each of us, while realizing it is not easy, can contribute to progress by accepting and...
December 23, 2012
Re "Obama officially wins in electoral vote landslide," Dec. 18 The article notes that many lawmakers complain that the present winner-take-all allocation of electoral votes is less reflective of the popular will than allocation by congressional district. The obvious question: Why use congressional districts rather than the national vote tally? The answer is probably quite simple: Republicans, who lost a few seats, will still easily retain control of the House, although President Obama won both the national popular vote and the electoral vote.
December 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In the end, it wasn't close. Despite predictions that the presidential election could end in an electoral vote tie, or that the winner of the popular vote could again be denied the White House by the electoral college, President Obama won his anticipated 126-vote landslide Monday as the 538 electors officially voted in statehouses. Twelve years after Al Gore's defeat prompted some Democrats to call for a fix to the constitutionally prescribed method of choosing the president, Republicans are now mounting efforts in key states to end the winner-take-all method that most states employ.