I have a new op-ed in today's Sacramento Bee, "Awarding presidential delegates by congressional district is unfair." It opens:
This year’s presidential primaries have exposed problems in the nomination process, and they’re highlighted by California’s uneven method of awarding its delegates.
And it explains:
The 13th District in San Francisco has about 260,000 registered Democrats and gets eight delegates, or one delegate per 32,500 voters. But there are just 86,000 registered Democrats in the 42nd and 50th districts, and they each will award five delegates, or one delegate per 17,200 voters. It doesn’t take a math degree to recognize that Democrats in San Francisco will have less power than Democrats elsewhere in the state.
For Republicans, it’s far worse.
There are just 27,000 registered Republicans in the 13th District, or one delegate for every 9,000 voters. But the 48th District in Orange County has more than 155,000 registered Republicans and the same three delegates, or one delegate per 51,000 voters.