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  •  A few points (1+ / 0-)
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    MPociask
    I think the ideal situation would be to just take statewide voter percentages, and award EC's by that manner - might be some difficulty in figuring out how to do the rounding, but at least that would get rid of gerry-mandering concerns.
    Essentially that should theoretically equal a popular vote.
    Still, I think the forest is getting lost for the trees in this debate.  Winner-take-all is a BAD SYSTEM.  We should be happy to see it go.  People don't pay any attention to their local races - this would force the issue.  It would also bring light how terrible gerrymandering really is.

    I'm not trying to say any one system is "better" than the other. For some states, one is clearly favorable than the other, and maybe a different system entirely is favorable. It depends on the states, their constituency, and the control of the state legislatures.

    Still, I think the forest is getting lost for the trees in this debate.  Winner-take-all is a BAD SYSTEM.  We should be happy to see it go.  People don't pay any attention to their local races - this would force the issue.  It would also bring light how terrible gerrymandering really is.

    I think another thing that the people forget when discussing Gerrymandering, is that we still only see a 60%-70% voter turnout overall. And that is just of registered voters. Imagine how many blue votes are lurking in those expansive red districts, if only they could be better mobilized.

    •  Lurking voters (1+ / 0-)
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      pierre9045

      I'd love to see research on lurking voters, because it seems like it may be a wash - there is less motivation to vote in both heavily blue and heavily red districts.  

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