UVA’s Larry Sabato offered an interesting op-ed in Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch on the unit rule.
Never heard of the unit rule? I hadn’t, either.
If no one has received a majority [of Electoral College votes] for president and/or for vice president — the Twelfth Amendment requires the separate counting of ballots for each office — then the House of Representatives gathers to elect a president and the Senate to elect a vice president. The House votes by state, with each delegation — regardless of size — having a single vote.
Can you imagine the uproar? California gets one vote, as does Rhode Island.
I agree with Sabato – fix the rule before it becomes a problem.