For the fall 2017 semester, USC students researched electoral college reforms. They analyzed how the electoral college works with an in-depth look into California's system. They researched various methods of elector allocation including the proportional representation model, the Congressional districts model, and rank choice voting and provided insights into the benefits, drawbacks, and implementation challenges of each. Our students also remapped the electoral college outcomes for presidential elections from 1960-2016, using the proportional model and provided an overview of the benefits and drawbacks with respect to representation and civic participation.
Project: Electoral College Reform: Evaluation and Policy Recommendations
USC Students: Albert Qian, Alex Hider, Amanda Khan, Caroline Reisch, Madeline Goossen, and Araksya Nordikyan
Research Question: What are alternative ways to allocate votes in the Unites States, and which of these systems is best for California?