Pennsylvania is considering allocating their electoral votes by Congressional district instead of letting the winner take all the votes. This is mainly a ploy to aid Obama’s opponent in 2012, since Pennsylvania has been a pretty reliable state for Democrats at the Presidential level, even though it has quite a few Republican districts. Dave Weigel reports that the origin of this law to a Republican advocacy group, and he thinks it probably won’t pass.
I’m pretty much in agreement with Atrios — it’s a short-term issue for Democrats but states have the right to do it, and others have already done it. What bothers me about this whole discussion is that we had a wake-up call about the Electoral College in 2000, and the only thing we did was to put a bunch of money into the pockets of people who make electronic voting machines. There wasn’t any kind of debate about representative voting.
Also, too: it’s beyond infuriating that part of the reason some states want to cling to the Electoral College is that it’s more exciting for them, because they get more attention from the teevee since they are the possible locations where democracy goes to die.