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Friday, July 27, 2007

House gives 1st OK to electoral change

Bill would change method to choose votes for president

North Carolina appears headed to becoming the third state to abandon the winner-take-all method for awarding its electoral votes as the House tentatively agreed yesterday to shelve the method.

In its place, according to the bill approved on a largely party-line vote, would be a more proportional method that would reward the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each of the state’s congressional districts.

The Senate already has passed the bill, which would take effect in 2008. A final House vote could come today, then the bill would go to Gov. Mike Easley, a Democrat.

Democrats are the majority in the legislature and backed the change. The state Democratic Party also supports it.

Republicans called the change a cheap way to give Democrats, who have been shut out in North Carolina since 1980, some electoral votes.


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