Plans by Republican legislators in some States to change their method of allocating electoral votes were considered in articles by The Week and Slate. In his inaugural address, President Obama reiterated his concern over electoral failures in November’s election leading to renewed calls for Federal election reform. State election officials expressed concern over the perception of widespread voter fraud. Plans to allow the electronic transfer of voted ballots in Kentucky sparked criticism from voting security experts. The Virginia Senate took advantage of the attendance of a Richmond Senator and civil rights leader at the inauguration ceremonies to pass a controversial redistricting proposal and Middle East neighbors Israel and Jordan held parliamentary elections.