The Republican party is pushing for an end to the winner-take-all system governing electoral votes in most states. It's part of a bid to reclaim the White House, and if successful, it could have massive ramifications for future elections, the National Journal reports.
Republicans who currently hold legislative majorities across many traditionally blue states, such as Michigan and Wisconsin, could adjust their state's rules over electoral votes in 2013. The proposed changes would award electoral votes proportionally by congressional districts, rather than a simple state-wide majority.
This would devastate a long-running Democratic advantage in both states.
Thanks to redistricting, a majority of Democratic voters have been cornered into a few urban districts. Republican voters, however, are spread out among more districts, and would have a significant advantage if a proportional system were adopted.
Such proposals aren't new, the National Journal reports. In the early days of the Republic, states often changed rules governing the Electoral College. But those early rule changes were no less controversial than today's changes, explains Michael McDonald, a George Mason University political scientist.Via the National Journal.