Virginia Republicans have never been keen on the notion of splitting the state’s electoral votes by congressional district, because that would appear to be simply giving away just under half of our votes to Democrats. Now that Virginia is officially a Democratic state, this is a suggestion that Republicans may want to consider more seriously. But helping to make the switch a little less scary is Randall Lane’s proposal of a buddy system, which would match up Virginia with another state of a similar population size, and we’d both start apportioning electoral votes at the same time. That way Republicans (or Democrats) aren’t giving up half of their votes, because they’ll gain them back from our buddy state.
We’re the only state in the nation with 13 votes, but Massachusetts has 12 and North Carolina has 15, so one of them might do the trick. OK, who’s good friends with North Carolina, and can have a chat with them?