Wisconsin Proposes Big Changes To Electoral College Votes

Wisconsin Republicans have taken a page from Pennsylvania, proposing to change the way the state awards electoral college votes. Like most states, Wisconsin is currently a winner-take-all system. But Republicans unveiled a plan that would change that to awarding electoral votes on a district-by-district approach. And just like Pennsylvania, the plan coincides with attempts to gerrymander the state into a permanent Republican majority.

The plan has been proposed by Rep. Dan LeMahieu, who has couched the dramatic change in the all-too-familiar rhetoric of preventing voter fraud.

Battle-hardened Democrats in the state are not buying it. State Rep. Kelda Roys is urging fellow legislators to not sign onto the plan. In an email to fellow Democrats in the state Assembly and Senate Roys call the plan what it is: a solution in search of a problem.

Now, there is plenty to critique in the electoral college system, but these plans do nothing to address those problems. Most glaringly, neither the changes proposed by Pennsylvania nor Wisconsin do anything to address the Bush v. Gore problem where a candidate receives a majority of votes from citizens but loses the presidency due to the electoral college votes. Perhaps most offensively, they are offered under ginned-up controversies fueled by partisan ambition rather than democratic ideals. Yes, this country needs election law reforms, but these are not it.

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44 comments

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

More manipulation to remove Democracy. The Republican are clearly desperate and are not confident in their own popularity.

Hope S.
Hope Sellers4 years ago

The Electoral College should be disbanded. The only thing that should count is our votes.

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Peggy J.
Peggy Jakopak4 years ago

How about if we just do away with the electoral college altogether? Back in the day it served a need, now it's absolutely ridiculous! If every single person stayed on home voting day, it would make no difference. Someone would still get elected. Why can't we put the voting power back into the hands of the people who have earned the right to vote? I am not impressed with the Democrats or the Republicans, but at least this is an attempt to do SOMETHING to change the way the system works currently.

Gary Jeffers
Gary Jeffers4 years ago

Marie W. says, "If Republicans are for it, I'm agin it."

Yep, me too! What a vile vision they have of the way the world should be. At least the ones who get to share their vision with us anyway. I'm with you too Dan B. I don't think I ever have voted for a repuglican being a union man and all and as the divide between us has only grown by leaps and bounds since we were initially subjected the shame that was Karl Rove and "W" by what was likely a major act of voter fraud in the state of Florida.....wait for it....I will never vote for a repuglican. NEVER!
Of course they might trick me like they have done in several states and run on the democratic ticket, then I don't know what the hell I'd do, punt I guess.

Get the money out of politics.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Marie W.
Marie W.4 years ago

If Republicans are for it, I'm agin it.

Debbie Brady
Debbie Brady4 years ago

The fairy tale of voter fraud is the GOP's favorite weapon to limit voter turnout. Now they are using it to try and gerrymander State elections.
Get real guys. The least you could do is to try to come up with some fresh materal for your jokes.

Charles Wasserman

That is Chicago politics at it's most vicious, vile and repugnant manner

Charles Wasserman

The tenth amendment reserves all rights not contained in the Bill of Rights to the individual states.
This administration ignores this fact as well as a great portion iof the rest of the Constitution.