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Dems Say Proposal to Divvy Electoral Votes is a GOP ‘Power Grab’

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Aired 4/19/09

A proposed ballot initiative would change the way California hands out its electoral votes to Presidential candidates. And it's being met with strong opposition from Democrats. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports. 

Right now, California allocates its electoral votes the way most states do: they all go to the statewide winner.

But under a proposed ballot measure, the 55 votes would be portioned out. Just two would go to the statewide winner, while the rest would go to the victor in each congressional district. In a state that typically goes Democratic, It could mean the GOP candidate would receive a chunk of California votes.

Supporters say it's fair, and would mean more campaigning in California. But opponents -- including Democratic U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein -- call it a “power grab orchestrated by Republicans.”

In fact, a committee to oppose the measure is being formed. The measure's supporters are gathering signatures and hope to make the June ballot.

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