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Electoral College – Electoral Votes – The New Plan for 2012

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 4, 2008

(Yes, I know everyone should vote… everyone’s vote counts,… etc…) electoral_college

I live in New York. I vote in New York. New York votes Democrat (with or without me). ...So if I vote for Obama, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes go to Obama. If I vote for McCain, well, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes still go to Obama.

Let’s get everyone voting. Let everyone feel their vote counted; Every last vote mattered.

Here’s the new plan…

  • If a candidate gets 57% or more of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 100% of the state’s electoral votes.
  • If a candidate gets less than 57% of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 80% of the state’s electoral votes.

This plan will (a) have states without a dominant preference, contributing 80% of its electoral votes to the candidate  and 20% to the other candidate, and (b) states with dominant preferences (greater than 57%) will have all of their electoral votes given to the candidate.

From a psychological perspective, let’s look at my situation of living in New York. (In each scenario I realize NY is an Obama state.)

  • Scenario (a): If I plan on voting for Obama, I rush out and vote hoping to contribute to New York awarding 100% of the electoral votes to Obama.
  • Scenario (b): If I plan on voting for McCain, I rush out and vote hoping that I can contribute to New York only contributing 80% of the electoral votes to Obama. (and 20% to McCain).

Hypothetically, if Obama gets 55% of the NY popular vote, he would get 24.8 electoral votes and McCain would get 6.2 votes. (Yes, we need to account for fractions and the point there is more than 2 candidates… plus other details.)

Interesting idea?  This plan keeps the electoral college process in place but also accounts for the popular vote. It also has everyone feeling their vote does count.
(photo nationalpopularvote.com)

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