Baseball Crank
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June 17, 2004
POLITICS: Not On Message

Kos, on a plan to change Republican-leaning Colorado from winner-take-all to a proportional division of electoral votes: "The move is brilliant. For one, every state should allocate EVs in this manner. . . "

One of Kos' contributors, on a plan to do the same in California: "republican ploy in california to steal pres. election"

My own reaction is that I'm not in favor of changing the rules this far into the electoral season, much as overturning Kerry's likely lock on California might be a tempting target. Long term, proportional division of state electoral votes might make sense except for two facts:

1. Small states with 3 or 4 electoral votes are harder to carve up in a fair proportion because of rounding issues;

2. As the Sultan of Snark notes, trying to fix this by tying it to congressional districts would only exacerbate the malign influence of gerrymandering.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:48 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

If you are going to stick with the Electoral College (and I'm not clear why we should or need to), it makes sense to me to award the votes in a more judicious manner. Aproportional vote seems to more accurately reflect the public's voting, and shouldn't that be what matters?

1. Your small state argument is not a valid to scrap the idea. Even a slightly rounded off division of only three or four votes is still more reflective than winner-takes-all.

2. Something definitely needs to be done about gerrymandering, and if you solve that issue, basing on districts seems fine with me.

I would have to agree that I think it's a bit unseemly to change rules at this point in a Presidential race, even if it's gonna help my guy...

Posted by: Mr Furious at June 20, 2004 12:14 AM
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