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• ##### Let's go to ballot slates rather than districts(4+ / 0-)

Colorado has 7 seats, so Democrats put forward 7 candidates, Republicans put forward 7 candidates, Greens and Libertarians and Raving Monster Loony parties put forward 7 candidates.

Voters vote for the party slate of their choice.

If Democrats get 1.0M votes, Republicans get 0.9M votes, Libertarians get 100,000 votes, and the other parties split the last 100,000, it looks like this:
Seat 1: D. 1.0M-300,000 leaves 700,000
Seat 2: R. 900,000 - 300,000 leaves 600,000.
Seat 3: D. 700,000 - 300,000 leaves 400,000.
Seat 4: R. 600,000 - 300,000 leaves 300,000.
Seat 5: D. 400,000 - 300,000 leaves 100,000.
Seat 6: R. 300,000 - 300,000 leaves 0.
Seat 7: D or L, depending on who had slightly more or less.

This gives third parties a real chance at getting at least one seat, and eliminates gerrymandering entirely.

Oh, and increase the number of members of Congress by a factor of 10 or so. That guarantees third parties will get some seats.

Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

• ##### I'm pretty sure we don't want(5+ / 0-)

to have 4000 congresscritters.  That is just too large.  Nothing sacrosant about 435, mind you (the British House of Commons has more than 600, as I recall), so, I would have no objection to an increase, but 4000 is a bridge too far.

Ultimately, the only thing that matters with respect to preserving choice is who will be nominating the next Supreme Court Justices.

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• ##### The best idea(7+ / 0-)

for enlarging the congress is to give one representative equal to the population of the smallest state, which is Wyoming at ~550,000.  This would mean that every 10 years the size of congress would change.

• ##### Or two(2+ / 0-)

Also has the effect of diluting the electoral college bias toward small states

Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

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• ##### That's a negligible bias, though.(1+ / 0-)
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There are only a couple of states whose populations are any risk to be below the average population per seat, and they're not all solidly Republican.

You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

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• ##### A granularity of 550,000 leads to 567 members(7+ / 0-)

A granularity of 275,000 leads to 1135.

With 550,000, Wyoming gets 3 ECV and has 183,000 per ECV. California gets 70 ECV and has 537,000 per ECV.

With 275,000, Wyoming gets 4 ECV and has 132,000 per ECV. California gets 139 ECV and has 271,000 per ECV.

And so on. The finer the granularity, the closer we get to eliminating the Electoral College bias toward rural states.

Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

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• ##### I like this(1+ / 0-)
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although I'm sure the smaller states would not.

• ##### I hadn't heard of that idea. That sounds like a (0+ / 0-)

very interesting idea, though you might have to pair that with something like Blue Aardvark's vote mechanism to simplify the districting.

• ##### let's see... that would give (0+ / 0-)

California 69 representatives,
New York 35,
South Carolina 9,
Texas 47...

And, if proportional would have given Obama 41 reps in California, Mittens 26, Johnson 1, and left 1 undecided (divided between Stein and Barr).

In Texas, Mitt would have gotten 27, Obama 19, and 1 for Stein.

Hmmm...

I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

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• ##### Horrible idea for more reasons that I can list(0+ / 0-)

It's extremely radical and the chances of it producing a better result overall are slight. Just no.

Jon Husted is a dick.

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• ##### Can't be gerrymandered(0+ / 0-)

And gives third parties a real chance.

There had better be some strong objections to make this a "horrible" idea.

Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

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• ##### That wouldn't be allowed under the VRA.(0+ / 0-)

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