Many Americans find the electoral college to be one of the most confusing areas of our political system. One man decided to create a graphic that shows what the country would look like if each state had an equal number of both population and electoral votes.
To put it plainly: Each state in America has its own unique number of electoral votes in the current system. Some of these states have more votes than others, which lends them a heftier influence when Election Day comes around. “The largest state is 66 times as populous as the smallest,” Freeman explains, “and has 18 times as many electoral votes.”
Freeman’s new “Electoral Reform Map” gives a visual example of what our states would look like if they were divided to more evenly represent the population. He used data from the 2010 Census, which then marked the country’s current population at 308,745,538. Each state on the map is divided to hold a little over six million between each border, which eliminates the current unequal balance of the electoral college. The new states have been renamed, using landmarks and notable areas as references.
If the idea of changing everything we know about our beloved states boils your blood, don’t worry. The map is simply meant to be an example of how reform within the electoral college is needed.
“This is an art project, not a serious proposal,” Freeman says. “So take it easy with the emails about the sacred soil of Texas.”