On Election Day, the nation’s largest state — California — left many voters cold and reduced voter participation, because of the “winner take all” rule for allocating electoral votes by states.

This rule led to a handful of states — the so-called “battleground states” — getting virtually exclusive attention from the presidential candidates and the super-PAC expenditures — the so-called “battleground states” — while the majority of voters across America were shunned, avoided and — de facto — declared irrelevant to the presidential selection process.

There is a better way, as demonstrated by Maine and Nebraska, which allocate electoral college votes based on which presidential candidate wins a majority in each congressional district. This is not only a fair way to allocate electors, but it will result in the presidential candidates campaigning in many more states where congressional districts are competitive, making the presidential campaign truly national in scope.

Counting the votes

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