North Carolina Near To Shelving Winner-Take-All For Electoral Votes

North Carolina is edging closer to dropping the winner-take-all method for awarding its electoral votes as the House tentatively agreed today to shelve the method.

In its place 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 measure, which would take effect in 2008. A final House vote could come tomorrow, then the bill would go to Governor Easley.

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

Maine and Nebraska are the other two states that don't award all their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the statewide vote. They follow the same method that North Carolina is considering, but North Carolina has by far the largest number of electoral votes at 15.