Republicans Trying to Rig 2012 Election in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin?
1 year ago
A mix of redistricting and electoral college vote swapping could toss Pa. and Wisc. to GOP
In Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, state Republicans are trying to pass a law that would change the electoral college voting system from a winner-takes-all formula, to one where electoral college votes are awarded on a district-by-district basis, with extra points to whoever wins the most district. It's a fuzzy math that would complicate the calculus that exists where a presidential candidate has to win 270 electoral college votes to win the election.
As reported by Mother Jones, since Republicans are redrawing congressional district lines in Pennsylvania they can effectively map the votes so that the electoral college votes go in their favor if the law passes.
A bundler group called All Votes Matter has been lobbying hard for this bill to pass, having raised over $300,000 to make it happen. Problem is, no one knows where the money is coming from. All Votes Matter won't disclose who they are receiving contributions from.
Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach told Mother Jones, "This is an effort to fundamentally change the way Pennsylvania conducts its presidential elections, in my view to rig the election."
A similar law is pending in Wisconsin where it is suspected that the billionaire Koch brothers, who've been behind a number of new restrictive voting laws, have drafted it. Both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are swing states.