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Response to SoCalNative (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 30, 2016, 10:09 AM

79. There are plans out that don't require a constitutional amendment

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A couple of methods. One is an agreement that states will give their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner. Several states have signed on (they are already blue so it doesn't matter much right now- for a total 165 electoral votes). Now, Michigan and Paennsylvania have legilation pending, so it doesn't affect those states right now, unfortunately. That would be a case of Trump winning the state, but the electoral votes going to Clinton.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Popular_Vote_Interstate_Compact

The other thing that I've read about (and may be more palatable to people) is awarding electoral votes on a proportional basis. If, say, a state was split 60-40, the winner would get 60% EV for that state. It would have made a difference and Clinton might have won, given that she would have picked up EVs in every state, but so would Trump. So I'm not sure how it would have worked out.

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