EPU’s excellent 3-part piece on how the RNC should roll out the primary and caucus season has inspired me to offer some additional ideas for the RNC. Note these ideas are not competing with EPU’s, but they are additional food for thought about delegate allocations by each state for the RNC convention.
The RNC currently has 2,431 total delegates, and they come up with this number by alloting 560 at-large delegates + 1,305 delegates for the 435 congressional districts + 168 party delegates + 398 bonus delegates. In my opinion this is FUBAR on so many levels. We should eliminate the at-large delegates, party delegates, and bonus delegates, and only allocate to who actually has electoral college votes for the office of President. Finally, 435 is not a magic number to multiply by 3, and so I would use the 2010 US Census numbers for each state, and divide by 200,000 for the number of delegates for each state. We could add 2 for each state US Senator, and arrive at a total of 1,641 delegates. This is a way to have delegates who are not weighted heavily toward the DC establishment.
The Table below compares the current Republican delegate allocation and my proposed delegate allocation. I wish the US House had 1,538 Representatives, and that the electoral college was 1,641 instead of 538. I can still dream can’t I?
|State||Current Delegates||Correct Delegates|