Oregon Might Move to Split Voting

Electoral Votes in a Divided State

Oregon Could Move Away from Winner Take All

With events like the Republican walkouts over the Cap and Trade bill and the Greater Idaho movement, Oregon’s political divide has been on full show.

Jim Moore, a KATU political analyst says that one way to lessen this divide could be to split electorates across Oregon’s five congressional districts. This would give rural Oregonians a greater voice, however it would come at a cost: Oregon could lose some of its influence in national elections.

“The reality is we’re not looking at this from an Oregon point of view, we’re looking at this in comparison to other states,” Moore told KATU. “If other states are unanimous in the electoral college, we don’t want to give up any of our power by not having a unanimous vote of all of our electoral college votes.”

All states, save for Nebraska and Maine, have a winner-take-all policy, where the state only looks at the overall winner of the state-wide popular vote. This is different in Nebraska and Maine, where two electoral college votes go to the winner of the state’s popular vote, but another candidate can also win electoral college votes if they earn the most votes in a state’s congressional district.

The most recent example of a split vote was in 2016, when Trump earned an electoral college vote from Maine’s Second Congressional District, but he lost the state to Hillary Clinton.

On another note, in 2019 Governor Kate Brown signed a measure granting Oregon’s electoral college votes to whoever wins the popular vote nationally.

By Tanveer Sandhu