Republicans alarmed at the apparent challenges they face in winning the White House are preparing an all-out assault on the Electoral College system in critical states, an initiative that would significantly ease the party's path to the Oval Office.
Senior Republicans say they will try to leverage their party's majorities in Democratic-leaning states in an effort to end the winner-take-all system of awarding electoral votes. Instead, bills that will be introduced in several Democratic states would award electoral votes on a proportional basis.
Originally posted by Krazysh0t
Both parties are garbage. I would bet that if the Democrats had lost the election instead of the Republicans then they would be trying something like this right now.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
In every example of a Gerrymandered Republican map in a blue state...I'll show you one from a place like Dallas or Houston or other red states for the way the Democrats have played this like a grand piano.
The whole system is screwed ...and now's as good a time as any to fix it. Republicans being the ones working the problem tho? Well, I'll agree that isn't fixing anything. It's just breaking it in a new way, yet again.
And should it clear the legislature, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Friday he opposes it. Spokesman J. Tucker Martin said McDonnell, a Republican, "believes Virginia's system works just fine."
Republican Sens. Jill Vogel of Fauquier County, who abstained from voting in the subcommittee, and Ralph Smith of Roanoke County said Friday they would vote against the bill when it appears before the full committee.
Vogel, a former Republican National Committee election lawyer, said she saw no problem with the bill's legality, but objected to the image it creates for her party so soon after Obama's victory last fall.
"It's the timing of it," she said. "It's just an awful impression it makes."
Smith said the measure violates his sense of order and fair play.
"I think every state needs to have the same plan. Two states do it already, but that doesn't make it right," Smith said. "More important than the interests of either party is a level playing field."
Originally posted by Krazysh0t
reply to post by Aloysius the Gaul
Looks like they tried something similar in 2005 after losing to Bush for the second time. Ohio Democrats Fighting to Change Election Process
Critics of the Republican grip on Ohio politics filed petitions on Tuesday that seek a statewide vote on three constitutional amendments that would overturn the way elections are run and strip elected officials of their power to draw legislative districts. The move, by the group Reform Ohio Now, is an effort to tap into sentiment across the country to remove political influence from the mechanics of elections. The movement has been sparked in part by partisan lines that are sharply reducing electoral competition in Congress and by efforts by political outsiders like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California to upend the established order.
You know what I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the legislation that the article you linked to in your op talks about will end up with the same fate as the one I just linked to.
Well, to be fair...it is pretty hard to look at this County by County map of the actual result outcome for the 2012 election and understand quite how it came to be an overwhelming landslide in electoral vote count for the BLUE.