I think I finally got a good idea brewing here. I admit many of my proposals have just been complicated to understand but here's a decent one.
If Electors are able to cast 2 separate Electoral Votes (1 for President and 1 for VP) and we choose the Electors, why don't we get Electoral Votes to cast too? Someone on www.ballot-access.org
proposed a similar idea.
My idea would be for voters to vote for 3 Electors but with each voter able to have 6 votes (the 2 Electoral Votes that a Congressional District Elector cast plus the 4 Electoral Votes that an At-large Elector cast). You see, the Electors are both Presidential and Vice-Presidential Electors. We choose 538 Electors not 1,076 Electors, but we could choose how the 1,076 Electoral Votes, cast for both President and Vice-President, go.
In a Congressional District, voters get 2 votes, 1 for each Electoral Vote the Elector casts. The Electors are allocated proportionally. If the winning party gets 51% or more of the Congressional District vote, it gets all 2 Electoral Votes. Otherwise, they're allocated according to each ticket's % of the vote in the Congressional District. However, the Elector from the winning ticket would vote for the candidate of the Elector that got the 2nd Electoral Vote.
Statewide, voters get 4 votes, 1 for each Electoral Vote the Elector casts. The Electors are allocated proportionally. If the winning party gets 51% or more of the statewide vote, it gets all 4 Electoral Votes. Otherwise, they're allocated according to each ticket's % of the vote statewide. However, the Electors from the top 2 tickets would vote for the candidates of the Electors that got the 3rd and 4th Electoral Votes.
To avoid confusion here, I'll explain it all. Congressional Districts have 1 Elector but that Elector gets to vote twice and is both the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elector. States have 2 at-large Electors but those Electors get to vote twice and they're both the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Electors.
Also, each party would take 2 candidates to the general election. However, since the main office is the Presidency, there wouldn't be any VP picks allowed and the Vice-Presidency would be the consolation prize in case of not getting the Presidency.
I think the beauty of this idea is that we'd have a more direct say of choosing our President and Vice-President, even though this isn't like a nationwide Presidential election.