Legislature to Consider Winner-Take-All Measure


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Lawmakers are reviving a bill that would establish a winner-take-all system for Nebraska's five electoral votes.

A legislative committee heard a measure Wednesday that would end the state's current practice of splitting its electoral votes in presidential elections. Currently two electoral votes go to the statewide popular vote winner, while the remaining three are given to the candidates who win each congressional district.

The state split its electoral votes for the first time in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected president. Obama captured Nebraska's 2nd District electoral vote, which includes Omaha.

In Nebraska, Republicans generally support winner-takes-all, while Democrats prefer splitting the votes.

The bill was introduced by Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen who says Nebraska would have a larger political voice under winner-takes-all.