VIRGINIA – Â Officials in Virginia and Ohio, once reliably red states that have gone for President Obama in the past two elections, have discussed the idea of apportioning their electoral votes by congressional district â€” a system some say would more accurately reflect the will of the statesâ€™ voters but one that others dismiss as an unnecessary political ploy.
The talks come as demographic shifts have pushed the GOPâ€™s reliable bastions to more exurban and rural areas, allowing Democrats to win such states by sufficiently running up their margins in a comparatively small number of densely-populated cities and counties.
To that end, Virginia state Sen. Charles W. Carrico, Sr., Grayson Republican, has introduced a bill that would award one electoral vote to the winner of each of the stateâ€™s 11 congressional districts, and the stateâ€™s two at-large votes to the candidate that wins the majority of the districts.
Mr. Carrico cited the results in the southwestern 9th Congessional District â€” where Mitt Romney won 63 percent of the vote â€” as part of the reason he introduced the bill.
â€œPeople in my district â€” they feel discouraged by coming out because their votes donâ€™t mean anything if theyâ€™re outvoted in metropolitan districts,â€ Mr. Carrico said. â€œIt can go either way â€” it doesnâ€™t necessarily mean that one political party is going to be favored over another. When they come out to vote, they know their vote counts instead of a winner-take-all. Iâ€™d love to see other states to do this because I donâ€™t feel the Electoral College right now is a fair system.â€