A bill to allocate electoral votes by district would make some voters more equal than others.
State Sen. Charles Carrico is worried that voters in the mostly rural, mostly Republican 9th Congressional District are feeling irrelevant since Virginia’s winner-take-all electoral votes helped to re-elect President Obama in November.
Republican challenger Mitt Romney won handily in the 9th — with 63 percent of the vote. But sparsely populated Southwest Virginia was overwhelmed by the Democratic vote in the commonwealth’s metropolitan areas.
To right this perceived wrong, Carrico has prefiled a bill (SB 723) for the 2013 General Assembly to allocate Virginia’s electoral votes by congressional district. This, the Grayson County Republican reasons, would more accurately reflect the will of the state’s voters.
What baloney. The change would have the opposite effect: In a presidential election, downstate voters could dilute the ballots cast in populous Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Richmond. Thus, a minority of the electorate would be able to thwart the will of the majority of voters in the commonwealth, making a mockery of the one-man, one-vote ideal.
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