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Voter suppression didn't win the presidential race for Mitt Romney, so now Republicans are trying to find another way to steal the next election and make Democratic votes count less—change state laws so electoral votes are divided proportionally, by congressional district. Since they've managed to gerrymander House districts to the point that they control that chamber despite having substantially lost the popular vote, they know they can regain the White House that way.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus endorsed the idea this week, and other Republican leaders support it, too, suggesting that the effort may be gaining momentum. There are other signs that Republican state legislators, governors and veteran political strategists are seriously considering making the shift as the GOP looks to rebound from presidential candidate Mitt Romney'sElectoral College shellacking and the demographic changes that threaten the party's long-term political prospects.
"It's something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at," Priebus told the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, emphasizing that each state must decide for itself. [...]
Obama won the popular vote with 65.9 million votes, or 51.1 percent, to Romney's 60.9 million and won the Electoral College by a wide margin, 332-206 electoral votes. It's unclear whether he would have been re-elected under the new system, depending upon how many states adopted the change.
Republican governors and legislators in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan are considering this proposal to nullify the majority vote in their states. In Pennsylvania, where Gov.Tom Corbett endorsed a similar effort last year, Republican leadership is pushing the idea, so chances are good they'll try it again.
Since this is such a blatant election rigging system, far more obvious than some voter suppression schemes like requiring photo identification, the backlash against it could be even stronger than what we saw in the last election over suppression schemes. So Republican governors in blue states, many up for reelection in 2014, take a big risk. They're still elected by popular vote, not proportional. Planning to just obliterate the majority of votes in the next presidential election could end up biting them in the ass.
Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 07:02 AM PST.