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GOP Attempts to Shake Up CA Electoral College Votes

I just got a phone call from one of those survey people.

“A political survey?” I asked. “Sure, I have time!”

I have to admit, I haven’t really been too familiar with the GOP’s recent attempt at getting a measure on the CA ballot that would effectively change how many electoral votes go to candidates in this state.

A group called Californians for Equal Representati on has submitted a ballot initiative to state Attorney General Jerry Brown that would change the current statewide winner-take- all system to a formula based on congressiona l districts.

Republicans say the idea is aimed at attracting presidential candidates to campaign in California, which they rarely do because the statewide vote traditionall y leans Democratic. Opponents call the proposal an attempt to grab Democratic votes.

Under the proposal, the winning candidate in each of the state’s 53 congressiona l districts would get one electoral vote, with two votes going to the statewide winner.

Supporters want to put the proposal on the ballot for next June’s state primary, which would put the change into effect for the 2008 election.

Now I’m glad I actually answered this call, because it affirmed that my gut feeling about this — to vote against what it is they’re trying to propose — was in line with how I feel now, after reading a little bit more about it.

Is the GOP so afraid they’re going to lose control over the government, such that they’re going to try and propose legislation to skew results in their favor? Also, why should California change, when few other states allocate their electoral votes in the same way? It’ll take more states than Nebraska and Maine — who are already divvying up electoral votes in this way — to change my mind. If all 50 states were required to do this, that would seem a little more fair to me. As it stands, this looks like a desperate attempt to secure votes.

Gerrymanderi ng, anyone?

If we really want to make any sort of election reform, why not just get rid of the electoral college altogether?


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4 Responses to “GOP Attempts to Shake Up CA Electoral College Votes”

  1. Um… Democrats are just as guilty as Republicans when it comes to gerrymanderi ng in California.

  2. I read about that same sleazy power grab by the GOP. Why bother winning elections when it’s so much easier to impeach a popular president for having an affair and lying about it; recalling a governor who wasn’t guilty of any wrongdoing; and then change the primary rules in the ninth inning.

  3. Gray Davis was an incompetent, just like Bush. If only we could so easily recall a president…

  4. I never forget rolling through an intersection when I rolling black out it and everyone screeched to a halt. If Bush is doing THAT MUCH to screw up your day… go visit your congresspers on.

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