Electoralism/Democratism

Proposal would radically change U.S. elections — including adding members of Congress and increasing size of Electoral College

By Anthony Man, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings has introduced legislation that could drastically change U.S. government and elections — including increasing the size of the House of Representatives and the number of Electoral College votes that decide the presidency.

The ultimate impact of one key provision, if it ever came to pass, would reduce the influence of small, conservative states, which are dominated by Republicans, and increase the political clout of bigger states — including Florida.

The proposal, introduced Monday, would establish a bipartisan Congressional Commission to Strengthen Representative Democracy to analyze the current size of the House of Representatives, examine alternatives to the current method of electing members and study the impacts of gerrymandering. The commission would make recommendations.

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