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  •  Article II section 1 paragraph 2: (6+ / 0-)

    Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress:  but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
    (Emphasis mine)

    So constitutional, yes.  It would only be a good idea, however, if proportional allocation were extended to all states, and this would require a constitutional amendment.  As some commenters have noted, deeply red states would not want to give a portion of their electoral votes to the blue minority.

    Even so, there would be possible scenarios where the popular vote winner could be the electoral vote loser.

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      brae70, ardyess

      Not to be "that guy" but:

      It would only be a good idea, however, if proportional allocation were extended to all states, and this would require a constitutional amendment.
      The National Popular Vote compact has found a way around the need for a Constitutional Amendment. (Assuming that you work out states withdrawing from the compact and faithless electors.)

      But you're right that the problem with getting the NPV to go forward is largely the "red" states.

      Take it easy, but take it.

      by ltsply2 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:08:11 AM PST

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