Reimagining the 2016 Electoral College
For the 2nd time in 16 years the idea of a “winner take all” Electoral College has meant that the majority of Americans ended up voting for the loser.
So what if we reimagined the 2016 Electoral College map and issued EC votes proportionately based on state popular vote with the following conditions:
1.) A candidate must secure a minimum of 30% of a state’s popular vote to be eligible to receive any of that state’s EC votes
2.) If a candidate breaks the 60% threshold of a state’s popular vote the EC of that state becomes “winner take all”
3.) In the case of states with an even number of EC votes victory of less than 5% will result in an even split of the state EC votes
4.) In the case of states with an odd number of EC votes victory of more than 5% will result in the majority +1 vote [exception: states with 3 EC]
This is what the 2016 election numbers would look like under this scenario:
Meaning Hillary wins the Electoral College 275 (51%) to 263 (49%) with an EC vote more accurately reflecting overall U.S. popular vote.
Perhaps the time has come to make this reimagined map a reality. If not for 2016 then before another national election in which the majority of American’s choose the person who ends up not becoming the president.