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Larry Wall says
Agreed, I just still think it should be electoral votes allocated at the county level. To me that is a slightly better representation of a democracy with a check on the power of the majority.
In LA we have 64 parishes (counties) and the population varies greatly. You would end up with a huge number of delegates and would increase the cost considerably. Delegates for states are determined by population and elected by the people.
I am sure there could be away to streamline that cost eventually. I am thinking each state keeps the same total of current votes. But then allocates them per county so winning a state doesn't grant you all the votes.
I don't see any gain. The law states, "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Sens. and Reps. ...." The number is set. States chose the method.
i guess the gain is if you're in a conservative county in NY, why bother even particpating in national elections. And the same is true for a liberal county in Texas. The dominant party isnt concerned about your needs as the minority in the state.
It happens in almost every state where there is a large population area and a less densely populated area in another. If we did as you suggested there is a greater chance that the candidate with the highest popular vote might lose the popular vote.
The national popular vote wouldn't change, just allocate electoral votes partially across the state based on population of counties.For example you might win 27out of the31 electoral votes in NY. That would make the smaller county partially relevant
It has been a good discussion. But the fed allocate votes. Getting all the states to agree would be hard since the fed could not force them.
That's where I think the states should have the descretion on how to allocate their awarded votes on a county basis. i wouldn't want the fed to have that power. Give the state a # and let them divide it up accordingly. Probably never happen.
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