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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:13 AM
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GOP Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Proposes Rigging . . . . .

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/09/14/318718/gop-... /


GOP Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Proposes Rigging The Electoral College For Republicans


President Obama won Pennsylvania by more than 10 percentage points in 2008, and Democrats have won the state in every single presidential election for the last two decades. In a close election, it is difficult to draw an electoral map that sends a Democrat to the White House without that Democrat winning all of Pennsylvanias 20 electoral votes. So the states GOP Gov. Tom Corbett has a simple plan give away nearly half of the states electoral vote to the Republican presidential candidate for free:

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But when a major blue states Republican leadership adopts this kind of reform piecemeal, it is nothing less than an attempt to rig the election. One hundred percent of Texas electoral votes will still go to the Republican, but that same Republican will be guaranteed a share of Pennsylvanias historically blue electors under Corbetts plan.

And Corbetts electoral giveaway to the GOP is merely the most audacious prong of a nationwide GOP strategy to steal democracy away from the American people. Numerous GOP state legislatures rammed through voter ID laws, which disenfranchise thousands of elderly, disabled, and low-income voters. Other states have erected new barriers to voter registration or reduced early voting opportunities both of which make it more difficult for working class Americans to vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) gutted his states public financing system for candidates to pay for a voter disenfranchisement law. A 5-4 Supreme Court decision just declared laws enabling publicly financed candidates to defend themselves against unlimited corporate attack ads unconstitutional.

Because in the GOPs America, We the People can elect anyone we want, so long as they are a Republican.
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that's the only way they win. by cheating and stealing and lying.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:14 AM
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1. 2012 is stacking up to be an incredibly challenging election cycle.
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:16 AM
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2. If they can't win their way they
can always call on SCOTUS to do it for them.
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:22 AM
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3. How can he do this? I admit, I don't know all the rules regarding the electoral votes,
but aren't there federal rules? Otherwise, states could play games and rig elections. Doesn't make sense he can do this.
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GSLevel9 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:47 AM
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7. It's PERFECTLY legal... see Nebraska and Maine. nt
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GSLevel9 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:22 AM
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4. And if this was a Dem gov of Texas...
Y'all would think it's the best idea ever!
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:33 AM
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5. are you saying Dems would rig?
nt
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GSLevel9 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:44 AM
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6. sigh...
I'm saying that two states ALREADY use the Congressional District Method of distributing electoral votes. Legally the state legislature is PERMITTED to decide whether they want a "winner takes all system" or a Congressional District Method.

So let's be consistent... if Pa. decides to go CDM it's their right. If Texas decides to go CDM it's THEIR right. This is the law...
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:17 PM
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8. What I'm hearing from Harrisburg
is that there are some Republicans in the statehouse who may oppose this. It would make PA less relevant in more things than just Presidential elections. If a state is more important electorally, it gets more attention from Washington.
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 03:00 PM
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9. Sign the Petition:
Tell the Republicans to Stop Their Partisan Presidential Power Grab in Pennsylvania

http://www.padems.com/petition/tell-republicans-stop-th...
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 04:16 PM
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10. You're right - and they're very aware that they can only win by...
...cheating and stealing and lying. What a sad state of affairs!
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:49 PM
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11. All or nothing
Proportional electoral votes by ALL states... or none.
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