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01/25/2013 02:52 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2013

Electoral College Rules Unfair, Says Will Weatherford, Florida Republican House Speaker

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R) spoke out against the GOP's latest attempt at strategizing for 2016, saying that his state would not go along with the electoral vote rigging.

Republicans in states that have a tendency to vote Democrat on the national level, but Republican on the state level, are proposing a major change to Electoral College votes that would be based on congressional districts. They argue that if the system worked their way, Mitt Romney would be president.

Five states are currently discussing the redistribution of electoral votes, but Weatherford told the Miami Herald that his swing state is not interested.

"To me, that's like saying in a football game, 'We should have only three quarters, because we were winning after three quarters and they beat us in the fourth,'" Weatherford said. "I don't think we need to change the rules of the game, I think we need to get better."

Virginia legislators took the first steps to passing the vote allocation measure, with a bill advancing to the state senate on Wednesday. The changes have been endorsed by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who thinks more states should follow suit.

Like Weatherford, Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Va.) is opposed to messing with Electoral College voting, wary of the long-term, widespread effects the legislation could cause, The Roanoke Times reported.

“What if all states got to skewering it to their advantage?” Smith said.

(h/t ThinkProgress)

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