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"Every four years, the American people ask themselves a important question: Why, again, do we let Ohio decide the fate of the free world?"

Ohio Voters Are Sick and Tired of Deciding the Fate of the Universe

This article links to another one that names the states that have already signed on for a National Popular Vote. If your state hasn't got on board, time to call, write, basically beef until they do. National Popular Vote

As long as the Adelson's, Koch's, and innumerable anonymous deep pockets have the run of the election house, this will of course never happen.
But any election/campaign reform should address Citizens United as well as a national population vote.
I can't think of a down side to this direction.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    Don midwest

    "Please proceed, Governor."

    by Dema Broad on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:02:25 AM PST

  •  I have an even simpler solution. (4+ / 0-)
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    VetGrl, Dema Broad, looseleaf, slapshoe

    In 1992, Ohio was the state that officially put Bill Clinton over the top.

    In 2004, Ohio was the state that officially put President Bush over the top.

    In 2008, when Ohio was called for Barack Obama at around 9:45, we knew it was going to be official when the West Coast votes came in.

    And last Tuesday, of course, Ohio again put a candidate over the top.

    When's the last time a candidate from either party won without Ohio? I'm too lazy to look it up, but it hasn't happened in my lifetime, and I'm 45.

    Therefore, the evidence is clear: Ohio is all that matters in presidential politics.

    Thus, my solution: Beginning with the 2016 election, the other 49 states sit on their hands, and all monies from both sides are poured into Ohio, as that will be the only state that any campaigning will take place in.

    The four debates? They will be held in Ohio.

    All presidential political commercials? They will air in Ohio, with some special allowances for certain areas of Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other similar areas where there is some market overlap.

    There will be no swing states.

    All polling will be done only in Ohio.

    Think of the money that will be saved, seeing how the candidates don't have to worry about any other other traditional swing states.

    Think of the environmental advantages -- fewer planes going to far-flung locations.

    Also, both conventions will be held in Ohio.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:36:42 AM PST

  •  No Ohio Hasn't Signed On. Its Sec State Rec'd It (2+ / 0-)
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    VetGrl, a2nite

    so that Ohio will no longer matter. That's because Ohio elects too many Democratic Presidents.

    President-elect Romney would agree.

    The only way to accomplish this state-by-state is to flip the Democratic-voting states first and live under a string of Republican Administrations for many years.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:38:10 AM PST

    •  The National Popular Vote Bill - 49% of the way (0+ / 0-)

      In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

      A survey of Ohio voters showed 70% overall support for a national popular vote for President.
      By political affiliation, support for a national popular vote was 81% for a national popular vote among Democrats, 65% among Republicans, and 61% among Others.
      By age, support for a national popular vote was 73% among 18-29 year olds, 60% among 30-45 year olds, 67% among 46-65 year olds, and 78% for those older than 65.
      By gender, support for a national popular vote was 84% among women and 54% among men.

      More than 2,110 state legislators (in 50 states) have sponsored and/or cast recorded votes in favor of the National Popular Vote bill.

      The National Popular Vote bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers, in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large population states, including one house in Arkansas(6), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), The District of Columbia, Maine (4), Michigan (16), Nevada (6), New Mexico (5), New York (29), North Carolina (15), and Oregon (7), and both houses in California (55), Colorado (9), Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island (4), Vermont, and Washington. The bill has been enacted by the District of Columbia (3), Hawaii (4), Illinois (19), New Jersey (14), Maryland (11), California (55), Massachusetts (10), Vermont (3), and Washington (13). These nine jurisdictions have 132 electoral votes -- 49% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.

      Follow National Popular Vote on Facebook via NationalPopularVoteInc

  •  Election almost stolen in Ohio again (2+ / 0-)
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    looseleaf, Dema Broad

    Heard the stories about 2,500 attorneys in Ohio.

    Well, just sweeping in isn't enough.

    The Voting Integrity movement is getting started across the USA.

    A big part of the Ohio win is due to the investigative reporting and legal actions taken by Columbus Free Press.

    They broke the story about Romney's son purchase of voting machine company who had machines in several Ohio counties. An audit of those machines on 12 points of security resulted in a failure of all 12. In other words, it was the worst machine on the market.

    They broke the story about using untested software to tally the results of the voting machines. That led to a suit filed on Monday, the day before the election. For some reason a former NSA expert showed up and testified that the "experimental" software could lead to a stolen election. Voting machine software is a trade secret so it could not be audited by outside experts.

    Note that Karl Rove spoke about the Ohio election exactly one minute before he did in the 2004 election that W Bush stole from Kerry here in Ohio. This time FBI and Justice Department people were all over the state.

    If the election had been stolen, and Romney won, the result would have been the collapse of the legitimacy of the federal government in the USA.

    I cannot recommend more strongly the reading and support of the Columbus Free Press. The non profit organization with no paid staff broke an international story. They have been active on this issue for a decade.

    Here is the link

  •  If Ohio stays reliably blue it won't get (1+ / 0-)
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    Dema Broad

    all the attention. Turns out it didn't matter in this election. While the GOP focuses on Ohio, we should be registering dems in GA and AZ and making them battlegrounds (and get NC back). Make the Rs play defense. And encourage Rush to start his own polling company.
    One thing I've wondered about. Wouldn't the news of 7-hour lines keep old folks home in Florida on election day? They didn't all vote early and absentee.

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