Re: NYTimes.com Article: Abolish the Electoral College

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sun Aug 29 2004 - 23:46:14 CDT

On Aug 29, 2004, at 9:30 PM, Charlie Strauss wrote:
> namely: Discard winner take all and assign the electors in proportion
> to the popular vote PLUS two electors for the winner of the plurality.

I tend to like this idea as well. But there is likely to be a sort of
"prisoners dilemma" issue here. Every state wants the *other* states
to adopt a more proportional system so that their *own* electors voting
as a block increase the influence of that state.

A national requirement for states to use a more proportional allocation
of electors would require a Constitutional amendment, not simply an act
of Congress. It's possible, of course, but the burden to get that
passed is pretty high.

And BTW for Ed: No, this ain't part of OVC's mission. But it -is-
moderately interesting to think about and discuss.
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