You’ve got a real winner there, Pennsylvania. Electoral Vote-Rigging and Lobbyist Gifts..what else?

Electoral College change?Will Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Corbett, stand against electoral vote-rigging? Based on reports disclosing that he took $11,000 in gifts from lobbyists and business executives, and that he’s seeking to reform the state’s two pension systems in a manner that will raise costs, why would anyone expect him to do the right thing where upcoming elections are concerned?

Last year, Pennsylvania Republicans launched a plan to rig the Electoral College; the proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s rules would have rigged the Electoral College votes in favour of Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election by redistributing electoral college votes in a manner that would toss aside the winner-take-all system and, instead, redistribute electoral votes by congressional district in its place. If Republicans had passed their election-rigging plan before the last election, Mitt Romney would have carried eight of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, even though President Obama won the state by more than 300,000 popular votes. So much for following the will of the people.

Playing fair and having each person’s vote properly represented is clearly not the GOP’s objective; seeking an unfair advantage in the next election is. Apparently, despite what they say about evolving away from being the “stupid party,” it’s the only way the GOP believes they can win in the face of changing demographics and a platform that often offends women, people of colour, immigrants and anyone who wants to see everyone pay a fair share to support the nation. It’s clear that if the Governor Corbett signs this rigging bill into law, it will rank highly as one of the boldest partisan vote-rigging attempts in modern history — and given that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is still being debated by the Supreme Court, now would be the worst time to cast aside any semblance of fairness in the nation’s voting process.

Other states — including Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas — have faced this same measure, and they have been defeated, but clearly the battle for fairness is not over in Pennsylvania and any other locale that the GOP wishes to ‘turn red’ by any means necessary.

Dirty is as dirty does.…and the citizens of Governor Corbett’s state should clean up the GOP’s targeted war against democratic due process by telling the governor immediately to veto the plan to rig the Electoral College.

 

 

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  1. Obvious partisan machinations like these should add support for the National Popular Vote movement. If the party in control in each state is tempted every 2, 4, or 10 years (post-census) to consider rewriting election laws and redistrict with an eye to the likely politically beneficial effects for their party in the next presidential election, then the National Popular Vote system, in which all voters across the country are guaranteed to be politically relevant and treated equally, is needed now more than ever.

    A survey of Pennsylvania voters showed 78% overall support for a national popular vote for President.
    Support was 87% among Democrats, 68% among Republicans, and 76% among independents.
    By age, support was 77% among 18-29 year olds, 73% among 30-45 year olds, 81% among 46-65 year olds, and 78% for those older than 65.
    By gender, support was 85% among women and 71% among men.

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps.

    When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

    The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

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