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The GOP's Plan to Rig the Electoral College, Explained


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: politics, district gerrymandering, republicans, news, ethics, elections, usa )

Cal
- 541 days ago - motherjones.com
Ever since the 47 percent dashed Mitt Romney's White House dreams, GOPers have been trying to figure out what went wrong, and how to stop it from happening again.



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David C. (29)
Monday February 4, 2013, 2:41 am
You know all you right-wingers and members of the Tea Party, its so easy, put up someone that the people will vote for and stop trying to take peoples votes away!
 

ellen m. (233)
Monday February 4, 2013, 3:06 am
We won despite the long lines and rigged machines, so this is no surprise.
But EVER VIGILANT needs to be taken to heart, as there is nothing I woyld put past them. Thanks Cal
 

John S. (297)
Monday February 4, 2013, 4:36 am
I think that the winner takes all votes is very hard to explain to most people. It does make it seem like their was a clear victor, but the problem is when those elected assume that they achieved a mandate to govern when the result was was actually much closer than that. I think I have seen a lot of democrats criticize this in the past. I'm of mix feelings, it's great that we have a political system hat allows for the ordinary transfer of power, but it is not very democratic (but we are a republic).
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Monday February 4, 2013, 10:52 am
Thanks Cal, Ever since I learned about the Electoral Process and realized we citizens actually have little say since we don't get to vote for Who the electoral officials are- those who actually vote For us.

From my very simplistic point of understanding; at the beginning of this country and allowing citizens to vote, the electoral process made some kind of logic. Then the 'then' special interest group States, began lobbying for various reasons, that they deserved more voting power even though their population was low and communication difficult in a country so vast. I can understand that. However, for many years, those reasons no longer hold true. Also, I do Not understand why the Electoral College Voting Authorities are not voted on by "The People" in each State, since they (the Electoral) hold so much of our individual choices in the 'palms of their respective hands'? Very weak link, with so many probable loopholes for personal reasons I shouldn't have to list. This country is still vast, the population Huge, the technology for individual communication incredibly advanced, the popular vote should be the sane and most honest way to go. Truly, I believe that I am uninformed about so many details of this system. I also believe that the simplest is the best - the Popular Voting System - eliminate the questionable (to me) Electoral middle system with a bit of Popular vote thrown in to show that everything is honest and honorable... Thinks like a scam to me.
 

Jae A. (323)
Monday February 4, 2013, 10:55 am
How can they not see what went wrong...all they have to do is look at those they had running for office...and who they pander to....tiz not rocket science ..start with those in mind and it's easy to connect the 'what went wrong dots' me thinketh.
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday February 4, 2013, 12:36 pm
Oh, sure, Jae, but then they'd have to admit they are wrong, and that is unthinkable.

I've always had a soft spot for the Electoral College, but it's already unfair because states can determine how their electoral votes are awarded. If it isn't consistent, it won;t be fair. And I have come around to wanting to abolish it.
 

Susan Allen (221)
Monday February 4, 2013, 1:23 pm
We need to work together to put a stop to this. Either leave the electoral college alone or get rid of it entirely. I would be happy with the latter. Shared.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 4, 2013, 2:51 pm
Take it to the streets! Occupy the vote!

I wish I was young and healthy. :(
 

Diana Bair (7)
Monday February 4, 2013, 2:55 pm
If so called gop had any sense left they would they would ditch koch brothers and their like, stop lying about being christians!!!!!!!, stop running after....DEAD....ATHEIST...AYN RAND!!!!!!, And her teachings, READ THEIR BIBLES!!!!!!!. Start caring about poor,elderly,disabled,workers,and middle class. get back to what made them gop, because calling them grand as they are now is a....JOKE. Diana.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Monday February 4, 2013, 3:24 pm
The GOP is "trying to figure out what went wrong"?! From one thing I've read recently, they thought they had those machines in OH all set just like before when they cheated for Bush. I read that Anonymous thwarted them this time, so they couldn't cheat. Seems quite plausible to me....I've been following the OH voting machines incident since 2004. On top of that....gee, golly...maybe they should re-check their faithful FuxNoise pundits...oh, I see they did...and some got fired.
It seems the only way the GOP can win anymore is by cheating and stacking the deck. We must not let this happen. Funny, too...since they're always the ones screaming about "democracy."
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Monday February 4, 2013, 3:43 pm
It's long overdue for the electoral college to be dismembered.
 

Diane O. (149)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:44 am
So......let's ask the liberals to look at the state of Illinois....a democratic state and see what they have to say about gerry mandering....cheating and stacking the deck? Do your research.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering

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