This is a huge deal. North Carolina is changing the way that it allocates its electors in the electoral college.

So why does this matter? Because instead of the GOP almost certainly getting 15 electors, it will only get 9, with the other 6 going to the Dem, working off the congressional delegation allocation.

The Dems could probably do this in Arkansas and Louisiana too. Those are states that still have Southern Democrat majorities in the state legislatures and Democratic Governors.

Very, very clever.

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sampo · July 27, 2007 at 5:03 PM

doesn’t/shouldn’t this require a change to the state constitution?

eye · July 27, 2007 at 5:18 PM

why?

sampo · July 27, 2007 at 5:26 PM

*shrugs*

you got me there.

I just thought i remembered reading or hearing something about that in the past. I’m just pretty shocked that the system we have in place now can be changed on a whim.

eye · July 27, 2007 at 5:34 PM

that’s not something to be shocked about… 🙂

sampo · July 27, 2007 at 5:45 PM

Here it is. I guess it’s a state-to-state thing, but Colorado at least had enough sense to let the people decide.

http://media.www.californiaaggie.com/media/storage/paper981/news/2004/11/04/FrontPage/Colorado.Electoral.College.Reform.Fails-1318677.shtml

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