Every four years, interest is re-kindled in the odd “Electoral College”-based method of tallying up American presidential votes.
Since the electoral votes are actually assigned on a per-state[*] basis (Figure 1), this has the side effect of making the presidential elections hinge on a few “battleground” districts—tiny subsets of swing states whose voting outcome isn’t already predictable.
Thus, only voters in these regions actually need to be granted presidential boons in order to persuade them—voters in the vast majority of states can be safely ignored.
[*] Some states split their electoral votes between candidates, but this is not common.
People frequently discuss the idea of changing the electoral college system to a one-vote-per-person system.
However, very little consideration has gone into the other direction—having a SECOND electoral college, essentially an “electoral college for the electoral college.”
If one electoral college is good, maybe two would be better?
Here, we propose that the United States be grouped—for the purposes of elections only—into 10 five-state “electoral mega-regions.” Washington D.C. will retain its 3 electoral votes, and will be counted as a secret “Megaregion Zero” (not shown on map).
(To increase the level of mystery, its votes will only be used in cases of ties, and will not be included in tallies otherwise.)
Then, each of these megaregions would cast its aggregated “mega-electoral-votes” just as the normal electoral votes are determined.
In order to fix the disenfranchisement problem described in Fig 2B, we could assign the votes of each megaregion based on a a simple majority of its states: instead of allowing Texas to entirely determine the outcome of Megaregion 6 (as it would if we weighted states by population or electoral votes), we would count each state as a single vote: so it would be a “best 3 out of 5” for Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Hawaii, and Alaska.
With this “one state / one vote” method, every state would be important in assigning the votes of the megaregion.
Thanks to this reformed system, politics will be saved forever. Also, this may showcase the electoral college system, leading other countries to adopt it.
PROS: Improves the electoral college system by adding a second layer, thus multiplying its benefits.
CONS: It’s somehow theoretically possible that this might lead to gerrymandering???
See below for an additional example of this system in action.