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  •  I've often thought we should change the system (1+ / 0-)
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    I think each state's electoral votes should be awarded based on their percentage of the popular vote in that state:

    For example, Colorado has 9 electoral votes, so a candidate would get one for each 11.11% of the popular vote he or she captured. On the last election, that would be 4 each for Obama and Romney. The leftover point, which neither got enough to earn outright, would either be awarded one of two ways. You could simply use normal rounding (Obama technically got 4.61 electoral votes, while Romney got 4.19, based on their percentages of the popular vote - so rounding would give us Obama 5, Romney 4). Alternately, you could just give leftovers to whichever candidate gets the higher percentage of the popular vote (of the state).

    This would mean a third-party candidate could potentially snag an electoral vote - but that would only be really feasible in California, where you can buy an electoral vote for 1.82% of the popular vote (no one would have done so this election - Gary Johnson only pulled 1.1%).

    It would also mean the last election would have been closer - 274-264, Obama, if my spot math is right - but it would be a fairer system, frankly, and would encourage candidates to work for votes in every state, not just a handful of "swing states".

    “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” - Rumi

    by Jaxpagan on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:44:11 AM PST

    •  If you're going to that (0+ / 0-)

      which would have to be done on a state-by-state basis and leave a lot of imbalances, why not just go with national popular vote? This plan strikes me as a kind of feeble interim thing. Why bother with proportional electoral votes?

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:05:16 AM PST

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      •  Simply put, convenience (0+ / 0-)

        To eliminate the electoral college system, which is what we'd be talking about, would require serious changes to our electoral infrastructure. My idea, on the other hand, only needs the individual states to adopt it as the method of awarding their electoral votes - something they are fully empowered to do.
        I also like the idea of a compromise between Presidents being elected by states, and being elected by popular vote.

        “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” - Rumi

        by Jaxpagan on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:59:03 AM PST

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        •  National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (0+ / 0-)

          Is my favorite proposal to date. The idea is that a state agrees to assign all of its electors to the winner of the national popular vote. Since states have the right to decide how their electoral votes are apportioned (USC Article II), this is completely legal, doesn't require that the Electoral College be formally eliminated, and doesn't require a Constitutional amendment. I think 8 states have already signed on, with the proviso that it won't actually go into affect until enough states have signed on to carry the election.

          Most attempts to criticize the legality of the plan have, usually on the basis of the Voting Rights Act, have come up with naught so far. The only potential challenge that gives me pause is based on Article I, Section 10, which specifies that "no State shall, without the Consent of Congress... enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State." I've heard it argued that the Supreme Court has ruled that Congressional consent is unnecessary when the agreement doesn't violate federal supremacy, though, and theoretically this doesn't, since elections are performed at the state level. But I think the plan is to submit the Compact for congressional approval anyway.

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