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Proposal ID1088
Proposal2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter I, Section A, 1f Electoral College
PresenterPlatform Committee Sponsor: Iowa Green Party
Floor ManagerRegina Stone-Grover
Discussion07/18/2022 - 08/14/2022
Voting08/15/2022 - 08/21/2022
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Consens Quorum64 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


With most states awarding electors on a winner-take-all basis, the Electoral College vote fails to
reflect the national popular vote as well as disenfranchising many voters within a state. While many
have called for the elimination of the Electoral College, there is a middle ground between the current system and abolition. Electors should be awarded based on the percentage each POTUS candidate wins within the state.

The current method for awarding electors used by most states allows the Electoral College to be
played by statisticians and political operatives. Voters in swing states can end up losing their voice or having too loud a voice in POTUS elections depending on which side of the win-lose pendulum they land on. Swing states become king makers. Recent elections illustrate how damaging this is to voter confidence in our election system.

The proposed elimination of the Electoral College would shift king maker status to the more
populous states, swinging the pendulum to the other extreme. The justification for such a change is the “one person, one vote” idea, but that assumes voter turnout is consistent throughout the country. In reality we know that is not true with some states also having governor and/or senator elections, ballot initiatives, and differing levels of access to polling sites, that can spur higher turnout than other states. After all POTUS is not the only office on November ballots.

This proposed change to the Green Party platform is a compromise between the current system
and abolishment. Elections would continue to be the jurisdiction of the states, but a federal law would require electors be awarded on a percentage basis of each POYUS candidate’s votes. Electors no longer have to be real people so the allocation could even be to the nearest hundredth. This is in line with ‘one person, one vote’ while minimizing external influence of other items on the November ballot. Neither the swing state nor the populous state have excessive influence.

Advantages of awarding on a percentage basis include 1) third parties would gain recognition
resulting in future growth, 2) the two-party stronghold to which we are now subjected will be broken, and 3) voters would be made more aware of alternative choices. Maintaining state jurisdiction retains auditability of election results, so necessary if voters are to have confidence in election results and feel they had a voice.

Here is an article with more information/discussion:


Amend Chapter I, Democracy, Section A, Political Reform, Subsection 1 Electoral Reform, Item (f), to read:

“Amend the Electoral College process so electors are awarded based on the percentage each POTUS candidate wins in the state using ranked choice voting. This will be done via federal election law to create uniformity and ease of implementation.”


Approval of this proposal will amend the 2020 GPUS Platform.


Iowa Green Party – Co-chairs:
Holly Hart (
Erin Young (

Original Author: Bob Mueller (


Current language:

“Abolish the Electoral College and provide for the direct national election of the president by Ranked Choice Voting.”

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