Electoral Vote Allocation & Redistricting

Matt Johnston’s reaction to Sam Hirsch’s recent Michigan Law Review piece arguing against the proposal to award electoral college votes from California by Congressional district is worth reading:

If the California plan were couple with redistricting reform, in which districts are drawn to not only be geographically compact but to also be competitive to the extent practicable, then you might get to a better alignment between districting and electoral vote allocation. There are always going to be districts that are geographically compact and yet overwhelmingly partisan to one side or the other. But it is possible, particularly in larger states, for the majority of districts to be competitive for the parties.

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