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- Posted: July 8, 2011
- Author(s): Neal Suidan
- Categories: National Popular Vote, Reforms, Home, FairVote
Thirteen states have voted for Republicans in every presidential election since 1980: Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. This track record makes them the most consistently safe Republican strongholds in modern presidential politics. In 1988, these states’ turnout barely trailed that of the rest of the country, by 2.56%. But in every election since, these 13 states have fallen further behind. In 2008, their turnout was 6.22% behind the rest of the nation.
Proponents of the system today rely on support for the current version of the Electoral College because "it is the way that it is and the way that is has been.” But the way we elect our president has been a continually developing process over the years since our nation’s formation.
While the National Popular Vote plan is the reform option with the most national attention and momentum, there are other options that have been presented for reform, most notably proportional allocation of electors and congressional district allocation. Both of these options are severly flawed.
- Posted: April 9, 2010
- Author(s): Daniel Weaver, Neal Suidan
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, National Popular Vote, Research & Analysis, Home, All Reports
From 1948 to 2009, 90.4 percent of all gubernatorial general elections nationwide were won with greater than 50 percent of the popular vote. None were won with less than 35 percent of all votes cast. Fifteen states elected all of their governors with a majority of votes cast. Among the other states, Maine had the most plurality-elected governors, with 7 of their 19 races in this span.