Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM
For Ohioans who are tired of hearing Republicans and Democrats argue over election rules, the state’s top elections official has a theoretical solution. Secretary of State Jon Husted says Ohio could apportion its Electoral College votes in the presidential race in a proportional way, giving even the loser a big chunk of votes. That’s the way only two other states do it, but Husted says at least it would dampen partisan conflict because Ohio would no longer be such a prize.
Husted: “It will not be a winner-take-all state, and you would not have another elections controversy about Ohio because we would not matter as much anymore.”
The setting for Husted’s comments? A post-election conference of political movers and shakers, analyzing this week’s elections. Husted hints he’s not proposing this change—he’s just saying it would be the best way to avoid partisan bickering over election rules in the future.
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