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January 30, 2013

GOP Electoral Vote Changes Hit Roadblocks

"Republican proposals in swing states to change how electoral votes are allocated have set off alarms that the party is trying to rig future presidential elections. But the plans are going nowhere fast," Politico reports.

"In the majority of states where such measures are being considered - Virginia, Florida, Ohio and Michigan, all states that voted for President Obama in 2012 but have Republican-controlled legislatures - proposals to split Electoral College votes proportionally have either been defeated or are strongly opposed by officials in those states."

Rick Hasen: "Think about it: The last thing Republican legislators want is national Democratic campaigns scrounging for every vote in conservative-leaning districts. Fewer Republicans will win legislative and Congressional seats because Republican districts will become more competitive by design. Why would Republican legislators vote for a plan that will make it harder for them to keep their jobs?"

The Week: The long past and perilous future of gaming the Electoral College.


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