Maine and Nebraska
Maine and Nebraska both use an alternative method
of distributing their electoral votes, called the Congressional
District Method. Currently,
these two states are the only two in the union that diverge from the
traditional winner-take-all method of electoral vote allocation.
With the district method, a state divides itself
into a number of districts, allocating one of its state-wide
electoral votes to each district.
The winner of each district is awarded that districtís
electoral vote, and the winner of the state-wide vote is then
awarded the stateís remaining two electoral votes.
This method has been used in Maine since 1972 and
Nebraska since 1996, though since both states have adopted this
modification, the statewide winners have consistently swept all of
the stateís districts as well.
Consequently, neither state has ever split its electoral
Although this method still fails to reach the
full ideal of one-man one-vote, it has been proposed as a nationwide
reform for the way in which Electoral votes are distributed.
See our page on Reform
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