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Under the current electoral vote system the person who wins the most votes in a state wins that state's electoral votes and the loser gets nothing. The GOP in a number of key states are in the process of changing the rules to put an end to that. Under the new GOP plan the electoral votes would be awarded based on congressional districts, and because of a massive gerrymandering effort in 2010 the GOP currently controls a majority of the districts despite having substantially less votes. In a state like Michigan where President Obama won by a 9.5% margin he would have lost under this new plan. This essentially gives rural right-wing voters several votes for every progressive urban/suburban voter.
The GOP plan was first concocted by radical regressive Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Republican State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi in 2011. Later that year it spread to Wisconsin when another Teabag lawmaker circulated an identical plan to his fellow regressives, which Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) labeled an “interesting idea.” From there the infection spread to Ohio’s top elections official, Republican Secretary of State John Husted. He endorsed the plan after a post-election conference, since then he has backtracked off the scheme following massive criticism. A version of the election-rigging plan is currently pending in the Virginia State Senate, and it was recently reintroduced in the Pennsylvania House. Expect the anti-democratic infection to spread to every GOP controlled state in the nation by the end of 2013.
The really sad part about this is the history of Fourteenth Amendment and electoral votes regarding voter suppression efforts. Time was the Republican Party was the leader in aggressively protecting voter rights. On May 8, 1866, during a debate on the Fourteenth Amendment, Thaddeus Stevens, the leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, delivered a speech on the amendment's intent. Regarding Section 2, he said:
The second section I consider the most important in the article. It fixes the basis of representation in Congress. If any State shall exclude any of her adult male citizens from the elective franchise, or abridge that right, she shall forfeit her right to representation in the same proportion. The effect of this provision will be either to compel the States to grant universal suffrage or so shear them of their power as to keep them forever in a hopeless minority in the national Government, both legislative and executive.
So essentially the GOP has gone from saying 'protect voter rights or loose them' to 'how can we rig the elections so no Democrat is ever elected again'.
The GOP knows that the demographics are not in their favor with a shrinking white rural population so they plan on using Voter Suppression, Gerrymandering, and now Electoral Vote Gerrymandering. Contact your congress man/woman and senator to let them know how you feel about this.