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.