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

Discussion in 'Election Forums' started by TruthOut10, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. TruthOut10
    Offline

    TruthOut10 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2012
    Messages:
    627
    Thanks Received:
    88
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Ratings:
    +88
    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
     
  2. konradv
    Offline

    konradv Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Messages:
    22,983
    Thanks Received:
    2,622
    Trophy Points:
    280
    Location:
    Baltimore
    Ratings:
    +5,955
    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.
     
  3. Dot Com
    Offline

    Dot Com Nullius in verba Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Messages:
    51,372
    Thanks Received:
    7,665
    Trophy Points:
    1,830
    Location:
    Fairfax, NoVA
    Ratings:
    +17,365
    [​IMG]
     
  4. mamooth
    Offline

    mamooth Gold Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2012
    Messages:
    15,299
    Thanks Received:
    2,712
    Trophy Points:
    290
    Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Ratings:
    +8,119
    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.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  5. martybegan
    Offline

    martybegan Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Messages:
    31,580
    Thanks Received:
    4,339
    Trophy Points:
    1,140
    Ratings:
    +13,073
    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.
     
  6. Staidhup
    Offline

    Staidhup Gold Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2012
    Messages:
    2,984
    Thanks Received:
    519
    Trophy Points:
    155
    Location:
    PNW
    Ratings:
    +1,289
    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.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  7. chikenwing
    Offline

    chikenwing Guest

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Messages:
    7,389
    Thanks Received:
    830
    Trophy Points:
    190
    Ratings:
    +1,960
    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.
     
  8. whitehall
    Online

    whitehall Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2010
    Messages:
    29,627
    Thanks Received:
    4,756
    Trophy Points:
    290
    Location:
    Western Va.
    Ratings:
    +13,093
    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.
     
  9. PredFan
    Online

    PredFan Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    30,473
    Thanks Received:
    4,600
    Trophy Points:
    1,170
    Location:
    In Liberal minds, rent free.
    Ratings:
    +13,048
    ThinkProgress? You can't expect anyone to take you seriously.
     
  10. RetiredGySgt
    Offline

    RetiredGySgt Diamond Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2007
    Messages:
    40,342
    Thanks Received:
    6,141
    Trophy Points:
    1,840
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Ratings:
    +9,963
    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?
     

Share This Page