Stepwise Presidential Election Reform: The Biased Proportional Plan and Its Implementation

46 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2018

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Shai Vardi

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management

Date Written: May 23, 2018

Abstract

A major problem stemming from the current method of electing the President of the United States is the phenomenon of swing states. Our goal in this paper is to find implementable reform that addresses this issue. We focus on finding a solution that will receive broad, bipartisan support and that will eliminate, or at least drastically reduce, the effect of swing states. Our main tool for achieving this objective is a game-theoretic treatment of the states.

We design a system that keeps the Electoral College, requires no constitutional amendment, and can be implemented gradually - only two states change their method of allocating electoral votes at any one time. The states are treated as strategic agents, and the transitions from the current to the new system are compatible with the incentives of both Republican- and Democratic- leaning states.

Keywords: presidential election reform, swing states

Suggested Citation

Vardi, Shai, Stepwise Presidential Election Reform: The Biased Proportional Plan and Its Implementation (May 23, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3184012 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3184012

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