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US electoral college reform - a modest proposal from some random bod on the internet

Saw this earlier, and thought I'd take it to a narrower audience:

The idea is that each electoral college vote would represent more equal population, plus it makes for an interesting map and provides some head-scraching names.  More at the author's site.

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Blogger James Dowden said... 4:34 pm

Yes, some of the names are actually quite educational. For instance, Sabine for Louisiana and a bit of Texas made me initially think of the historic people who lived north-east of Rome, but it appears in fact to be a river of some cultural importance.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:43 pm

As a sad old blues nut, I rather approve of an area called The Delta, although it excludes the lower half of that region, as classically defined.

And lucky old Missouri for surviving the re-drawing.  

Blogger Ed said... 6:08 pm

It's rather a napoleonic concept, though, redrawing maps for administrative convenience and to remove historical boundaries...  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:14 am

A more likely reform . . .

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. Candidates would need to care about voters across the nation, not just undecided voters in a handful of swing states.

The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes--that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

The Constitution gives every state the power to allocate its electoral votes for president, as well as to change state law on how those votes are awarded.

The bill is currently endorsed by over 1,659 state legislators (in 48 states) who have sponsored and/or cast recorded votes in favor of the bill.

In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). The recent Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University poll shows 72% support for direct nationwide election of the President. This national result is similar to recent polls in closely divided battleground states: Colorado-- 68%, Iowa --75%, Michigan-- 73%, Missouri-- 70%, New Hampshire-- 69%, Nevada-- 72%, New Mexico-- 76%, North Carolina-- 74%, Ohio-- 70%, Pennsylvania -- 78%, Virginia -- 74%, and Wisconsin -- 71%; in smaller states (3 to 5 electoral votes): Delaware --75%, Maine -- 77%, Nebraska -- 74%, New Hampshire --69%, Nevada -- 72%, New Mexico -- 76%, Rhode Island -- 74%, and Vermont -- 75%; in Southern and border states: Arkansas --80%, Kentucky -- 80%, Mississippi --77%, Missouri -- 70%, North Carolina -- 74%, and Virginia -- 74%; and in other states polled: California -- 70%, Connecticut -- 74% , Massachusetts -- 73%, Minnesota – 75%, New York -- 79%, Washington -- 77%, and West Virginia- 81%. Support is strong in every partisan and demographic group surveyed.

The National Popular Vote bill has passed 29 state legislative chambers, in 19 small, medium-small, medium, and large states, including one house in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon, and both houses in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The bill has been enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington. These five states possess 61 electoral votes -- 23% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.

See http://www.NationalPopularVote.com  

Blogger All Seeing Eye said... 2:22 am

I actually came across this site a few days ago too...via a link from a link...and considered doing this very same post as it struck me as quite interesting.

Then I saw some of his other posts - outlines of all nuclear states scaled to the same size, lines between Staten Island schools in number order etc and decided he was certifiable.

That's when I tiptoed away from his site hoping that my shadow hadn't left a mark in his logfiles. I'm glad that someone had the courage to link back to him, and I'm glad it wasn't me!  

Blogger Newmania said... 10:56 pm

Here is a thing the largest Town on Montana is Butte ( population 33,892)
More wilderness in the US than in Africa too ,

Its big ...I think thats what I `m saying ..and empty.

I`ll get my coat  

Anonymous CC Truckston said... 2:36 pm

The effect of the "more likely reform" described by Anonymous is to further erode whatever power (not much) is left to the states. A much better idea is adhere to the 10th amendment to the Constitution and reign in the power of the central government. The founding fathers envisioned state sovereignty within a federal system for several reasons, chief among them was to protect the liberty of Americans. We would do well to retain our electoral system and even return to the system of having state legislatures elect US Senators to give the states greater power and representation in the central government.  

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