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.