Hypothetical Proportional Allocation By Statewide Popular Vote in 2000

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In 2004, a non-profit group named The People's Choice for President proposed an initiative in the state of Colorado (Amendment 36) that would award that state's electoral votes according to the percentage of the statewide popular vote. Under such system:

(3) THE ALLOCATION OF A PRESIDENTIAL TICKET’S POPULAR PROPORTION OF THIS STATE’S ELECTORAL VOTES MUST BE IN WHOLE NUMBERS AND SHALL BE MADE IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER.
(a) THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST IN THIS STATE FOR EACH PRESIDENTIAL TICKET SHALL BE DIVIDED BY THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST FOR ALL PRESIDENTIAL TICKETS THAT RECEIVE VOTES AT A GENERAL ELECTION; AND
(b) THE PROPORTION OF A PRESIDENTIAL TICKET’S POPULAR VOTE, AS DETERMINED IN SUBPARAGRAPH (a) OF THIS SUBSECTION, SHALL BE MULTIPLIED BY THE NUMBER OF ELECTORAL VOTES TO WHICH COLORADO IS ENTITLED.
(4) THE NUMBER OF ELECTORAL VOTES THAT IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE BALLOTS CAST FOR ANY PRESIDENTIAL TICKET, AS DETERMINED IN SUBSECTION (3) OF THIS SECTION, SHALL BE ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST WHOLE NUMBER, SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING LIMITATIONS.
(a) NO PRESIDENTIAL TICKET SHALL RECEIVE ANY ELECTORAL VOTES FROM THIS STATE IF ITS PROPORTION OF THE TOTAL BALLOTS CAST FOR ALL PRESIDENTIAL TICKETS WOULD REFLECT LESS THAN A FULL ELECTORAL VOTE AFTER ROUNDING TO THE NEAREST WHOLE NUMBER.

(b) IF THE SUM OF ELECTORAL VOTES ALLOCATED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (a) OF THIS SUBSECTION WOULD BE GREATER THAN THE NUMBER OF ELECTORAL VOTES TO WHICH COLORADO IS ENTITLED:
(I) THE ALLOCATION OF ELECTORAL VOTES TO THE PRESIDENTIAL TICKET RECEIVING AT LEAST ONE ELECTORAL VOTE AND THE FEWEST NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST SHALL BE REDUCED BY WHOLE ELECTORAL VOTES UNTIL ONLY THAT NUMBER OF ELECTORAL VOTES TO WHICH COLORADO IS ENTITLED HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED; AND
(II) THE PROCESS SET FORTH IN SUBPARAGRAPH (I) OF THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE REPEATED IF, AFTER THE REDUCTION OF ELECTORAL VOTES AS SET FORTH IN SUBPARAGRAPH (I) OF THIS PARAGRAPH, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ELECTORAL VOTES ALLOCATED TO ALL PRESIDENTIAL TICKETS REMAINS GREATER THAN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ELECTORAL VOTES TO WHICH THIS STATE IS ENTITLED, AND SUCH PROCESS SHALL BE APPLIED TO THE PRESIDENTIAL TICKET RECEIVING AT LEAST ONE ELECTORAL VOTE AND THE NEXT FEWEST NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST UNTIL THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ELECTORAL VOTES ALLOCATED TO ALL PRESIDENTIAL TICKETS IS EQUAL TO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ELECTORAL VOTES TO WHICH THIS STATE IS ENTITLED.
(c) IF THE SUM OF ALL ELECTORAL VOTES ALLOCATED WOULD BE LESS THAN THE NUMBER OF ELECTORAL VOTES TO WHICH COLORADO IS ENTITLED, THE PRESIDENTIAL TICKET RECEIVING THE GREATEST NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST SHALL RECEIVE ANY UNALLOCATED ELECTORAL VOTES UNTIL ALL OF THE ELECTORAL VOTES TO WHICH COLORADO IS ENTITLED HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED.
(d) IF TWO OR MORE PRESIDENTIAL TICKETS RECEIVE THE IDENTICAL TOTAL NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST FOR ALL PRESIDENTIAL TICKETS AND THE ALLOCATION OF ELECTORAL VOTES TO WHICH COLORADO IS ENTITLED CANNOT BE PROPORTIONALLY ALLOCATED IN WHOLE ELECTORAL VOTES TO THESE PRESIDENTIAL TICKETS, THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL DETERMINE BY LOT WHICH OF THESE PRESIDENTIAL TICKETS WILL HAVE THEIR NUMBER OF ELECTORAL VOTES INCREASED OR DECREASED BY A WHOLE ELECTORAL VOTE UNTIL ALL OF THE ELECTORAL VOTES TO WHICH COLORADO IS ENTITLED HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED.

source: http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/initrefr.nsf/dac421ef79ad243487256def0067c1de/b52968ede76bd32287256e430071ccc4/$FILE/2003-2004%20%2399.pdf

Had this system been adopted in all states by the 2000 election, the electors allocations would be as follows:

Bush Gore Nader
AL 5 4 0
AK 2 1 0
AZ 4 4 0
AR 3 3 0
CA 22 30 2
CO 5 3 0
CT 3 5 0
DE 1 2 0
DC 0 3 0
FL 13 12 0
GA 7 6 0
HI 1 3 0
ID 3 1 0
IL 9 13 0
IN 7 5 0
IA 3 4 0
KS 4 2 0
KY 5 3 0
LA 5 4 0
ME 2 2 0
MD 4 6 0
MA 4 7 1
MI 8 10 0
MN 5 5 0
MS 4 3 0
MO 6 5 0
MT 2 1 0
NE 3 2 0
NV 2 2 0
NH 2 2 0
NJ 6 9 0
NM 2 3 0
NY 12 20 1
NC 8 6 0
ND 2 1 0
OH 10 10 1
OK 5 3 0
OR 3 4 0
PA 11 12 0
RI 1 3 0
SC 5 3 0
SD 2 1 0
TN 6 5 0
TX 19 12 1
UT 4 1 0
VT 1 2 0
VA 7 6 0
WA 5 6 0
WV 3 2 0
WI 5 6 0
WY 2 1 0
total 263 269 6

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