What Is the National Bonus Plan?

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The National Bonus Plan maintains the Electoral College voting system but adds 102 bonus electoral votes to the existing 538 votes. It awards all the bonus votes to the winner of the popular vote.

The National Bonus Plan was proposed by historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. The 102 extra electoral votes are calculated from allotting two votes for every state and for Washington, D.C. The allotment of the extra votes would almost always ensure that the person who wins the popular vote would also win the Electoral College. The National Bonus Plan was intended to serve as an option to compensate for the uneven power given to the different states through the Electoral College system. The National Bonus Plan was never implemented.