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Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in At TMV | 2 comments

Changing the System to Ensure Uninterrupted Republican Wins at all Levels

GOP efforts to rig the Electoral College in favor of GOP presidential candidates may be close to dead, but a group of Republicans are hard at work at another plot to blow up the system: switch to the popular vote.

Although more closely associated with progressive circles in recent years, the idea has a number of conservative activists behind it as well. And there are signs it’s gaining momentum.

“I think there’s a growing consensus that the winner-take-all system we’re currently under is a problem, that it’s not representative, that only a small number of states benefit, and that it needs to be changed,” Saul Anuzis, a Republican national committeeman from Michigan who advocates on behalf of the nonpartisan National Popular Vote group, told TPM. …

… At this point, all it would take is one Democrat winning an election without the popular vote to spark a grassroots revolution. But by then the Democrats might have decided such talk is heresy that dishonors the memory of George Washington and, well, you can see why we still have the Electoral College today….Talking Points Memo

Watch closely as the Republican party cozies up to NPV — National Popular Vote.

Ironically, ALEC — the Republicans’ infamous tool created to influence state legislatures — stands against these efforts. Or have they just not caught up with the Republican party’s latest claims? So far, they’re still stuck with trying to manipulate the Electoral College vote.

Eight states and the District of Columbia have passed national popular vote compact legislation into law. A national popular vote would take effect if the legislation is enacted by enough states to constitute a majority of electors (270 out of the country’s 538 electoral votes), and these nine enactments count for 132 electoral votes, bringing NPV nearly halfway to its goal of 270.
ALEC has pushed back hard against this effort. The group has adopted model resolutions in opposition to the national popular vote and in favor of the Electoral College, has repeatedly rejected appeals from NPV to support its legislation, and has actively lobbied legislators in opposition to the national popular vote interstate compact. …Truth-Out

Cross-posted from Prairie Weather

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  • slamfu

    Its a stupid system, with an easy fix, that makes it much better and easier to run. Hence, it will not happen.

  • Electing a president by popular vote is fine, but it should not be accomplished by the NPV model, and there need to be additional safeguards.

    The NPV model is subject to the manipulations of the legislative process. If it looks like one side will win under the NPV model, an opposite leaning state legislature could repeal its NPV legislation throwing the entire election into an unexpected new dynamic…depending on timing…and back into a swing state battle that one or both sides may not be prepared for. Lest anyone think this is not possible, note anti-union actions, taken without warning or public debate, in both Mich and Wis within the past two years.

    The second issue is that any popular vote model must, as an inviolate core, prevent voter suppression designed to alter popular vote totals contrary to the will of actual would-be voters.

    The best course of action, my view, is a constitutional amendment that shifts to popular vote [unalterable by state legislative whim] and that incorporates protections against voter suppression.

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