Republicans Propose New Tally Method for Electoral College Votes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 7, 2004
G-O-P Assemblymen John Benoit and Tom Harman say that instead of California’s current “winner take all” system, electoral votes should be distributed based on which presidential candidate wins in each of the state’s 53 congressional districts. An additional two votes would go to the overall statewide winner. Harman says the difference this year would be substantial. CUT: Harmon06 :06 Harman and Benoit acknowledge it’s unlikely the Democrat-dominated legislature will approve a change that would guarantee at least some votes for Republican presidential candidates. Political analyst Tony Quinn says the change would make California competitive again at the presidential level, but that a ballot initiative may be needed. CUT: Quinn06 :06 California’s 55 Electors will meet at the Capitol next Monday, and under current state law, all 55 votes will be cast for John Kerry for President. SOC