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Each election there are some who want to change how we elect the President. Specifically, there are calls to do away with the Electoral College.
I believe the Electoral College is a valid and vital concept. What I disagree with is that the electoral votes are awarded on a "winner take all" basis per State.
I think it would better serve our Republic to award Electoral College votes on a per Congressional district basis. That is, each vote is awarded to the winner of a Congressional district, and the overall State winner gets the two votes represented by the Senate seats. There are a couple of States that already do this.
Changing to this would have no impact on the several small States that have only a single Congressional district. It is the large States like California, Texas and New York that would see a potentially dramatic change is how their votes are allocated.
It will be difficult to do this on a national level, but we can do it here is Nevada just as those other States have. We might wind up splitting our votes 4 - 2, but voters in both our rural and urban areas could feel as if their vote mattered.
This is the position that I hope the Nevada Whigs will adopt and that our candidates for State office will advocate.
Chair, Whig Party of Nevada
I agree that the electoral college system is broken. A presedential candidate does not have to get approval of all of the states in the union, just a handfull to get enough electoral votes. The Instant runoff voting system is a better system followed by 2 electorial votes per state. This way all states and all individuals have equal representation in the presedential election. The vise-presedential election should also be seperate, and not part of the ticket vote. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting.
I might be interested if the states pass a constitutional amendment to use a non-political objective algorithm to draw congressional district lines, there are a few geometric and mathematical algorithms out there to use. Until then, it seems to me voters would be disenfranchised, especially in states like PA. I think the Whigs can make head-way here, in advocating such non-partisan and mathematical algorithms, then advocating the electoral change thereafter.