WGCU Radio Staff
Fri September 27, 2013
Lawmaker Files Bill to Change How Florida's Electoral Votes are Awarded
One lawmaker wants to change the way Florida’s electoral votes are awarded in presidential elections. Currently, all 29 of the state’s electoral votes go to the winner of the popular vote.
A bill filed by Republican State Representative Ray Pilon would give each of Florida’s 27 congressional districts one electoral vote. The last two at-large votes would go to the candidate who won a majority of the state's congressional districts.
Pilon says the winner-take-all nature of the Electoral College isn't in the best interests of Floridians.
"We can’t go to a pure popular vote just on our own in the state of Florida",Pilon said. "But I think this moves us closer to allowing people from various portions of the state to have their say-so as to who their vote goes for, for president and vice president."
Opponents of the measure say it would lead to even more gerrymandering of congressional districts. Gerrymandering is the process of drawing weirdly-shaped districts to include, or exclude, a certain group of voters.
Only two states, Nebraska and Maine, now award electoral votes by congressional district. If the whole country had used Pilon's plan in the 2012 election, Mitt Romney would have been elected president.