Omaha Public Radio News
1:39 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Omaha Senator calls for return of winner-take-all system

Lincoln, NE – A Nebraska lawmaker wants the state to return to a winner-take-all system.

Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha introduced legislation changing the way Nebraska awards its electoral votes. Right now, only Nebraska and Maine can split their electoral votes. In 2008, the vote tied to Omaha's Second Congressional District went to President Barack Obama.

McCoy says his legislation is an effort to bring Nebraska in line with what 48 other states do. He says the current system puts Nebraska at a political disadvantage.

The Nebraska Democratic Party issued a statement Thursday afternoon accusing the GOP of "gerrymandering state law."