In Addition to EPU’s Proposal on Primaries

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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
Alabama 50 26
Alaska 27 5
Arizona 29 33
Arkansas 36 17
California 172 188
Colorado 36 27
Connecticut 28 20
Delaware 17 6
Florida 50 96
Georgia 76 50
Hawaii 20 8
Idaho 32 10
Illinois 69 66
Indiana 46 34
Iowa 28 17
Kansas 40 16
Kentucky 45 24
Louisiana 46 25
Maine 24 9
Maryland 37 31
Massachusetts 41 35
Michigan 30 51
Minnesota 40 28
Mississippi 40 17
Missouri 52 32
Montana 26 7
Nebraska 35 11
Nevada 28 15
New Hampshire 12 9
New Jersey 50 46
New Mexico 23 12
New York 95 99
North Carolina 55 50
North Dakota 28 5
Ohio 66 60
Oklahoma 43 21
Oregon 29 21
Pennsylvania 72 65
Rhode Island 19 7
South Carolina 25 25
South Dakota 28 6
Tennessee 58 34
Texas 155 128
Utah 40 16
Vermont 17 5
Virginia 50 42
Washington 43 36
West Virginia 31 11
Wisconsin 42 30
Wyoming 29 5
Washington, DC 19 3

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E Pluribus Unum
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November 19, 2011 2:48 pm

OMG, I knew that a certain number of delegates were one form or another of the at-large type. I did not realize that they represented 46% of the total. That is just ghastly, and that is used by the GOP Establishment to impose their will regardless of what the voters want.

Yes, yes, yes, Pilgrim, this is a very important target for reforming the system. Good plan.