Split electoral vote system good for state
Gov. Dave Heineman and former Gov. Charley Thone say they'd like to trash the law that divides Nebraska's five electoral votes in presidential elections.
We don't blame them. As Republican stalwarts, it's their job to get their party as many votes as possible.
Only Nebraska, which adopted the current system in 1991, and Maine can split their electoral votes.
But we've never split our electoral votes -- until this year, that is.
William Forsee, a high school biology teacher, followed the wishes of his 2nd District constituents and voted for Barack Obama on Monday. In doing so, he gave Obama the first Nebraska electoral vote for a Democrat since Barry Goldwater frightened us into voting for Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Gov. Heineman didn't have to remind the president elect that Obama had, indeed, won an electoral vote from the Cornhusker state.
"I was very well aware of that," Obama told the governor at a meeting two weeks ago.
Obama devoted much effort into winning that vote, organizing and opening several campaign offices in the 2nd District.
Thone argued that the system "dilutes whatever punch Nebraska has in the electoral college."
We disagree -- the current systems brought national attention to Nebraska that it never would have received otherwise. With only five electoral votes and fewer than 2 million people, anything that throws a positive spotlight on our state is a good thing.