A fascinating new visual essay on the problems of the electoral college is sparking conversation. It envisions what the 50 states might look like if they were drawn up on lines that put an equal part of the population in each.
The idea “ends the over-representation of small states and under-representation of large states in presidential voting and in the US Senate by eliminating small and large states” according to the map’s creator, Neil Freeman.
The states are named after major geographic features, which led to the dubbing of “our” state as Adirondack. In this imagined equal-representation world, we’re bordered on the east by Casco and to the south by Pocono.
If nothing else, it is an intriguing visual representation of just how we break down as a society in terms of population — where we live, how our political boundaries no long reflect the demographics of our nation.
Check out the full article and the national map here. I’m more or less on board with this idea. My only question is whether Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau would insist on his village being the capital of this new state?