In the aftermath of Election Day, there have been celebrations by liberals due to the media calling the election for Joe Biden, as well as a series of lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign (and the Republican Party in general for other races) over allegations of voter fraud, ballots being thrown out, etc.
But in the midst of all of these developments there is one issue which I mentioned in my previous article: states that are not winner-take-all states, but instead have split electoral votes. The two states that have such processes are Maine and Nebraska. In this year’s presidential election, Biden won three out of the four electoral votes in Maine (with Trump wining the remaining vote), while Trump won four out of the five electoral votes in Nebraska (with Biden winning the remaining vote).
Perhaps it would be a good idea for both Maine and Nebraska to be winner-take-all states instead of having split electoral votes, especially since both states have single-digit amounts of electoral votes- Maine having four and Nebraska having five.
If any states are to have split electoral votes, then perhaps it should be these states: California (with 55 electoral votes), Georgia (with 16 electoral votes), Florida (with 29 electoral votes), Illinois (with 20 electoral votes), Michigan (with 16 electoral votes), New Jersey (with 14 electoral votes), New York (with 29 electoral votes), North Carolina (with 15 electoral votes), Ohio (with 18 electoral votes), Pennsylvania (with 20 electoral votes), Texas (with 38 electoral votes), and Virginia (with 13 electoral votes).
Other states that could possibly have split electoral votes are as follows: Arizona (with 11 electoral votes), Indiana (with 11 electoral votes), Maryland (with 10 electoral votes), Massachusetts (with 11 electoral votes), Minnesota (with 10 electoral votes), Missouri (with 10 electoral votes), Tennessee (with 11 electoral votes), and Washington (with 12 electoral votes).
The reason it might be a good idea to have states with double-digit amounts of electoral votes be split instead of winner-take-all is because of the way the majority of counties voted in the 2016 election, which went for Trump.
With such a scenario, a candidate that wins the most Congressional districts in a state with double-digit electoral votes would win the two remaining electoral votes (reflective of that state’s two Senators). If any state with an even number of Congressional districts winds up with those districts being evenly split, then the two remaining electoral states should also be split.
For example, if Washington (which has 10 Congressional districts) is split 5-5 among those districts, then the two remaining electoral votes can be evenly divided as well, in which both candidates would receive six electoral votes.
One might argue that the states with single-digit amounts of electoral votes could adopt such a process.
But it would be up to the states to decide.