GOP Pushes Ballot Initiative in California to Alter Electoral Vote: In California, Republican strategists are preparing to gather signatures for a ballot initiative that would alter how the state awards its electoral votes. It's a move that could help a Republican win the White House in 2008. Historically, the winner of the presidential election in California wins all of the state's 55 electoral votes. Backers of the ballot initiative want to apportion electoral votes by congressional district. Such a change could help Republicans win as many as 22 electoral votes in California even if a Democratic candidate won the majority of votes in the state.