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How to Save the Electoral College System

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With the prospect that the winning Electoral College candidate will once again lose the popular vote, public opinion seeks change in the way we select presidents.

An election eve Gallup Poll showed nearly two thirds who want to “amend the Constitution so the candidate who receives the most total votes nationwide wins the election.”

There’s scant chance they’ll ever get that wish: it only takes 13 states to block a Constitutional Amendment and small population states won’t dilute their disproportionate influence in the long-standing system.

A much better idea: let state legislatures adjust their own basis for awarding electoral votes, dropping winner-take-all for the district system already used in Nebraska and Maine. This way, candidates earn electoral votes by carrying Congressional districts, providing a more representative means for settling the outcome. By the way, Trump still would have won in 2016, but by a slightly smaller Electoral College margin.

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