Fade2Gray wrote:with feelings about voting being such as they are, maybe not all that much. It strikes me as a sign of the need for some sort of reform in the voting or election process.
You could do a lot by simply forcing states to distribute their elector votes according to popular vote. It doesn't make the election proportional, voters in populous states would still be weaker than those in more sparse states, but it would be more fair. For one, it would make spending money on elections far less effective as it would completely destroy the importance of the swing state concept.
Say X million dollars buys you 1% of the vote. If you're going with proportional distribution, then every electoral vote has to be bought individually. With the current system you only need to pay enough to push you above 50% get all the electoral votes.
If you're sitting at 45% of the vote in Florida, then those are very cheap votes to buy. You pay 5X dollars for 27 votes, about X/5 per vote. With the proportional system, you always need 100/27~4% of the popular vote per electoral vote which would cost 4X. That change, right there, would literally make buying an election 20 times more expensive.