Virginia's Republican-ruled legislature has taken the first steps toward ending the state's winner-takes-all system of apportioning its 13 presidential electoral votes.
A Senate subcommittee recommended Sen. Bill Carrico's bill on Wednesday on a 3-3 party line vote.
His bill would apportion electors according to which presidential candidate carries each of the state's 11 congressional districts.
David Weigel at Slate points out the problem with this bill: It gives an unfair advantage to Virginia's rural congressional districts. In the 2012 election, Mitt Romney would have won nine of Virginia's electoral votes to Obama's four. This proposed system is anti-city, anti-Democrat, and anti-democratic.