The recent proposals by lawmakers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and elsewhere to split electoral votes in presidential elections and apportion them based on congressional district or vote percentage, rather than awarding them in the current winner-take-all fashion by popular vote, are outrageously undemocratic and would ignore the will of the voters in these states.
In light of redistricting, which has created legislative districts in which one political party is overwhelmingly favored, creating a proportional system based on the results by congressional district would be fundamentally unfair -- especially a system pushed specifically to help one political party.
Proposals for proportional apportionment of electoral votes based on percentage of the vote are also severely problematic. While allowing the national popular vote to determine the president as a wholesale alternative to the Electoral College system would be an idea at least worth debating, "splitting" electoral votes only in certain states -- in this case, states in which voting majorities tend to support Democratic presidential candidates -- would unfairly slant the playing field toward the other major party's advantage. It's a naked power grab, and an exploitation of electoral victories which should allow winners to serve their terms but not rig the system for the foreseeable future.
Not dissimilar to attempts to suppress voting rights and ballot access in certain communities, these reforms are unacceptable and would do tremendous harm to American democracy.
It's worrying that the chairman of the Republican National Committee has spoken out in favor of these proposals.
These plans to change the apportionment of electoral votes are unacceptable. I join with others across the country to oppose these measures vocally and urge you and members of your party not to pursue them any further.