As discussed in a previous thread that I’d just as soon not reopen, some Republicans are trying to get an initiative on the California ballot for next year which would require that, from then on, only two of CA’s electoral votes would be decided at the state level, with the rest decided by a plurality of each Congressional district.
This thread isn’t about whether it’s a good idea or a bad one. It’s about whether California can Constitutionally make that determination through a referendum, given that the U.S. Constitution says:
“Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the State Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors…” [Article 2, Section 1, clause 1], bolding mine.
To me, the plain meaning is that a referendum won’t do the trick - only the state legislature can change the rules for how that state appoints its electors. But I’m sure there must be arguments to the contrary that haven’t crossed my mind. So, what are they? This inquiring mind wants to know.