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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:37 PM

Republicans’ Effort To Rig Electoral College Gets National Backing

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Source: Think Progress

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R), who was the chief elections officer when the state experienced massive voting problems in 2004, is planning to lead a national effort to rig the electoral college in favor of the 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

Republicans who hold power in states that have voted Democratic in the last few presidential contests, including Virginia and Pennsylvania, are considering a change to their apportionment of electoral votes. Instead of a winner-take-all system for the state, electoral votes would be doled out by congressional district, using highly-gerrymandered maps. The result is that a state like Pennsylvania, which voted for President Obama by more than 5 percent in 2012, would have given most of its electoral votes to Mitt Romney.

That plan is now receiving national backing, thanks to Blackwell and GOP operative Jordan Gehrke. The two men detailed their effort in an interview with the Atlantic and conceded that the effort could make it easier for Republicans to win the White House.

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Though Blackwell and Gehrke argued that allocating electoral votes by congressional district is more representative, that doesn’t mean they support the much simpler, fairer system of a national popular vote. “Abolishing the electoral college is very difficult to do,” they claimed.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/26/1496981/electoral-college-rigging/

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:41 PM

1. is there any way to stop this?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 12:03 AM

2. Locking, sorry. The OP article is over the LBN 12 hour published time limit


Also the TP article is a rewrite of the news that The Atlantic posted on Friday: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/01/the-gop-plan-to-take-the-electoralvoterigging-scheme-national/272523/
and was posted on DU Friday too, here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/101653981

Thank you for your understanding.

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