How Republicans Plan To Rig The Next Presidential Election, In Six Pictures

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    Yesterday, Virginia Republicans took the first step to move a GOP plan to rig the Electoral College forward in that state. Similar plans are under consideration in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

    The Republican election rigging plan targets blue states that President Obama won in 2008 and 2012, and changes the way they allocate electoral votes to give many of these votes away for free to the Republican candidate for president. Under the Republican Plan, most electoral votes will be allocated to the winner of individual Congressional districts, rather than to the winner of the state as a whole. Because the Republican Plan would be implemented in states that are heavily gerrymandered to favor Republicans, the resulting maps would all but guarantee that the Republican would win a majority of each state’s electoral votes, even if the Democratic candidate wins the state as a whole.

    How Republicans Plan To Rig The Next Presidential Election, In Six Pictures | ThinkProgress
     
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    They not only want apportion each vote by which candidate won the most votes in each particular Congressional district, but for the two extra votes they want to change the way it's done by states that already apportion their votes. In those states they're given to the candidate that won the statewide vote. According to the new Republican plan, they'd go to the candidate that won the most districts.
     
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    Plan A "prevent Democrats from voting" didn't work, so they're shifting to Plan B "make it so Democratic votes don't matter."

    Here's a thought. Instead of rigging the system, they could try to change their party's policies so that people want to vote for their party. What a concept.
     
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    Some states do the congressional district thing already. How is this "rigging" if states are allowed to determine the apportionment method of thier electoral votes?

    The real interesting thing is this. In states with a large advantages to any one party, how would this affect turnout? Now those red staters in upstate new york will know thier vote counts, same as people in say Austin in texas, and Atlanta in Georgia. This to me would negate the percieved chance of this method resulting in a winner in electoral vote and a loser in popular vote.
     
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    Any perceived move to adjust and decentralize the power of large metropolitan area's will be met with resistance by the beneficiaries that depend upon their firm grasp and control. The fact that the surrounding communities have no voice insures their continued support and dominance which was not the framers of the constitutions intent, however, a fact of reality in todays political environment. One can only trust that states will recognize and approve adjustments to restore the power of the vote and restore the voice of all citizens.
     
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    New york is a perfect example,the blubbering on the left is from the fact they might have to campaign in new york,and they don't want to do that,or let 90% of upstate votes to count.

    Proportionally awarding elector votes is a good tweak and should be done,there are several that do already.
    And they belly ack about fair elections.
     
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    Thank you union based education system for the legacy of a generation of stupid kids who were raised on political cartoons and can't think for themselves without help from a cut and paste internet.
     
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    ThinkProgress? You can't expect anyone to take you seriously.
     
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    Who remembers just recently the whine from the left that Popular vote should elect Presidents and the way to do it was to let Electoral votes fall to district winners? Now suddenly it is a bad idea?
     

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