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  •  The problem is where you do it (1+ / 0-)
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    If you do it the way Pennsylvania proposes, it's more democratic -- true proportional allotment. In fact, we should that in the Presidential and Congressional elections -- proportional allotment based on a statewide count -- instead of the current system which incentivizes gerrymandered districts and is inherently undemocratic.
    This proposal worries me because it sounds reasonable. The district by district approach doesn't sound reasonable as it would give (in the case of PA, OH, MI and WI) more votes to the candidate that lost the state. However, this proportional allocation sounds like a reasonable solution as the state would more closely match its vote count. If enacted nationwide it could work reasonably well, perhaps more closely tracking the national popular vote while at the same time allowing states to have differing voting systems without the impact that would have on a national popular vote.

    The problem is that they wish to enact such a scheme only on states that Obama won, thus diluting his vote in a "reasonable" sounding way. If states that are likely to be won narrowly by the Republican such as  MO and NC also consider such a plan then perhaps the system would lead to reasonable results.

    Proportional allocation in states the Democrats won narrowly is very dangerous as it puts Democrats at a significant disadvantage while simultaneously sounding reasonable.

    •  Right. It would need to be nationwide to be fair (1+ / 0-)
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      I guess I should have made it clear in my comment that I wasn't endorsing Pennsylvania's idea for Pennsylvania. For a national election depending on how states allot electors, it is not fair for different states to have different rules. We need to have a nationwide system, notwithstanding the freedom the Constitution purports to give each state.

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      by FischFry on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:07:19 AM PST

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