Nebraska May End Unorthodox Electoral Vote System

Nebraska May End Unorthodox Electoral Vote System

CQ Politics

The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that an intense battle may be looming to eliminate Nebraska’s unorthodox method of giving two electoral votes to the statewide winner and one electoral vote to the winner of each of the state’s three congressional districts.

“Nebraska is one of only two states that award some of their presidential electoral votes by congressional districts. Two go to the statewide winner in Nebraska, one to the winner in each of the three congressional districts. In 2008, Barack Obama won metropolitan Omaha’s 2nd District electoral vote. Nebraska Republicans did not like that, so there may be a very partisan battle in the Legislature to wipe out the congressional district electoral votes and return to the earlier system of handing all five of Nebraska’s votes to the statewide winner.”

Good point by Dave Catanese: A switch to winner-takes-all would have far-reaching effects on Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race by “making it less likely the president would campaign in the state and help rally Democrats towards embattled Sen. Ben Nelson