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Virginia Senate committee votes down bill to change Electoral College
Virginia Senate committee votes down bill to change Electoral College

Date published: 1/30/2013

Senate panel kills bill on Electoral College

By a bipartisan 11-4 vote, the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee rejected a bill to change how Virginia apportions its Electoral College votes for president.

The bill, from Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson, would have chucked the state's winner-take-all system for electoral votes, and apportioned the votes by congressional district. Had it been law in 2012, Republican Mitt Romney would have won more electoral votes in Virginia than Barack Obama, although Obama won the statewide popular vote.

Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, was one of the four to vote for it. Afterward, he said the amended bill had promise.

Opponents said Carrico's bill was a move--one going on in several other states, too--by Republicans to change the rules of the game because they lost the past two presidential races.

Carrico said that wasn't so, but he did suggest altering his bill in Tuesday's committee meeting so that the electoral votes would be divided more proportionately to the popular vote.

--From staff reports