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  •  Confederate 3/5-of-a-vote scheme (4+ / 0-)

    They can't win nationally anymore, until they change their platform. But they still dominate the states of the Confederacy. The GOP wants the votes of everyone else to count for, say, 3/5 of a vote. Keep in mind that any state could change over to the GOP scheme even during the interlude between the 2016 election and the day the Electoral College votes are counted. They are, after all, profoundly cynical.

    Let's call it the Confederate 3/5-of-a-vote scheme.

    •  Actually, I don't think you can change the rules (0+ / 0-)

      after the election.

      Let's say, for the sake of argument, that the day after the 2016 election Michigan passed a law that said "All electoral votes go to the candidate with the second-highest total."

      That wouldn't stand, because it would thwart the will of the voters.

      We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

      by Samer on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 02:53:48 PM PST

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      •  I suspect it wouldn't stand (0+ / 0-)

        Because the state legislature would be pressured. SERIOUSLY pressured to change it.

        I wouldn't rule out physical threats, either. You screw around with people's voting at that level, and all hell can break loose.

        Doing things like that has triggered overthrows of governments.

      •  I think you're right, (0+ / 0-)

        but the key is finding a Constitutional basis for that argument.

        Article II says a state's Electors shall be chosen "in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct", but says Congress may specify the "time of chusing the electors" (i.e. set the election day).  

        I'm not an expert, but that sounds like a state can change the rules -- but I think even a Republican Supreme Court would have a tough time allowing the rules to change after election day.

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