The Federalism Project

Constitutional Reform and Governance in the U.S. (& Around the World)

Electoral Reform

 

Presidential Elections

  • In the past 5 elections, a Democratic candidate won the popular vote 4 times, yet won the election only 2 times due to the electoral college outcome.
  • The Electoral College is an anachronism, which however does not have to be abolished.
  • Require that the winner of the presidential election will be the one who wins the majority of the Electoral College votes, AS WELL AS the majority of the popular vote.
  • If different candidates win the electoral college vote and the popular vote, then hold a run-off election (2 weeks later) between only these two candidates. If the same happens again, then the election goes to the House and the Senate (see 12th Amendment to the Constitution, as Amended by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution).
  • Move elections to Sunday.
  • Automatically register every citizen to vote.

 

Campaign Finance Requirements

  • Money can equal speech, but in the context of an election, speech should be reserved to the residents of the electoral districts.
  • Only money raised within the electoral district can be spend within the electoral district. For House elections, the district is obvious.  For Senate election, the district is the State.  For Presidential election, the district is the country.
  • All entities engaging in political activity (corporations, unions, independent organizations) must have a residence (like all citizens/voters) for purposes of electioneering. Limits can be adjusted, but political candidates and entities should not be able to raise money in one State, and use for electioneering in another State.
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