by Jordan Evans

Since the 1992 Presidential election, Nebraska has used the Congressional District Method (CDM) to distribute its electoral votes.  The 2012 Presidential election should be the last time it is used.  While the CDM seems ideal for adhering to the “one person, one vote” standard articulated in Reynolds v. Sims, it actually does greater harm than good.

The CDM can be much different from the winner-take-all approach.  It is different in that the candidate receiving the most votes statewide does not necessarily receive all of Nebraska’s electoral votes.  Instead, a candidate receives the same number of electoral votes as congressional districts he wins.  The statewide winner then receives two additional electoral votes, representing Nebraska’s two Senate seats. Continue reading