A new (Presidential) electoral system

In response to the drama in PA about electoral vote allocation (and the disturbing realization that states technically have the power to allocate their electoral votes in any way they please), I’ve decided to begin to put together an “ideal” Presidential election system.

A few things first: I am a fan of the Electoral College compared to most of the “simple” alternatives (ie national popular vote or vote per congressional district). There are many reasons for this, most of which stem from the fact that most alternatives end up replacing the disenfranchisement inherent in the EC by introducing worse disenfranchisement. I’ll delve into this a bit in my next post.

As a way to guide this quixotic task, I am setting up a few ground rules or “tenets” of any new system.

Central Tenets:

1) Must encourage suffrage (voting).

2) Must be simple enough to explain to an 8th grader.

3) Must retain a sense of “American-ism”

I’ll expand on these tenets in my next post as well.



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