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PA GOP’s Electoral College Rigging Scheme Meets Opposition Within the Party

The Pennsylvania GOP’s plan to rig the 2012 Presidential election has hit a stumbling block as some PA Republicans are refusing to walk the dubious party line. Rejecting the movement started by All Votes Matter — a.k.a. long-time Harrisburg Right-Wing players Charlie Gerow and William Sloane — many of the state’s GOP members are refusing to support a plan to award the state’s Electoral Votes by Congressional districts instead of winner-take-all popular vote.

The electoral college deform, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, gained support throughout the Keystone State with the help of the All Votes Matter lobby. The initiative made its way to Governor Corbett where it was met with praise. Things are changing, however, now that a handful of Republicans are rejecting it, with more likely to follow their lead.

Keep PA Relevant currently has a running whip count of who is voting which way on the bill, allowing PA residents to see what their local representatives have to say on the matter. According to Keystone Politics, seven republicans are currently against the bill:

”The rank-and-file in the PA House GOP has begun to come out against Senate Majority Leader Pileggi’s proposal to split Pennsylvania’s electoral votes. Keep PA Relevant has noted seven Republican members of the House who have expressed opposition in some form or another to the proposal, to only three who have come out in favor. Only eleven Republican no votes are required to defeat the plan, assuming Democrats are united in opposition.”

Although it is likely that Democrats would receive a majority of Pennsylvania electoral votes, the rigged redistribution of votes could prove fatal for President Obama in a tight election, according to Larry J. Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia:

“If the Pennsylvania proposal had been in force during past elections, results could have been profoundly different. According to Sabato, John F. Kennedy would have lost decisively to Richard Nixon in 1960. In 1976, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter would have tied in the Electoral College despite the Democrat’s 1.7 million-vote edge in popular votes.”

Some Republicans do not like the way the bill was introduced to them. Planning began in April but was not introduced to them until a dinner between Corbett and GOP leadership held at the governor’s mansion on September 6th. To boot, some Republicans are weary of Gerow’s close ties to the Governor. The Godfather of Gerow’s child is Corbett administration Press Secretary Kevin F. Harley, a member of the Governor’s inner circle. Gerow used this personal relationship to get the Governor on board, sources say. All Votes Matter only met with the Governor after securing an army of powerful lobbyists including Long, Nyquist and Associates, a powerhouse consulting firm headed by veteran Senate GOP staffers Mike Long and Todd Nyquist.

Many PA Republicans who face reelection in 2012 are jumping from the rigged ship out of fear for a backlash. The areas that would be effected most by the change, the suburbs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, have not seen an all-out get out the vote campaign by a modern Democrat because the areas are generally foregone GOP conclusions. There is some sense that an anti-voter action this extreme would spur the center-left to give the Republican party a run for its money in these historically Right-leaning strongholds.


2 Comments on “PA GOP’s Electoral College Rigging Scheme Meets Opposition Within the Party”

  1. […] of sanity? Some Pennsylvania Republicans oppose plan to seriously mess with state’s electoral […]

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  2. A survey of 800 Pennsylvan­ia voters conducted on December 16-17, 2008 showed 78% overall support for a national popular vote for President.
    Support was 87% among Democrats, 68% among Republican­s, and 76% among independen­ts.
    By age, support was 77% among 18-29 year olds, 73% among 30-45 year olds, 81% among 46-65 year olds, and 78% for those older than 65.
    By gender, support was 85% among women and 71% among men.

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Under National Popular Vote, every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. Every vote would be included in the national count. The candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states would get the 270+ electoral votes from the enacting states. That majority of electoral votes guarantees the candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states wins the presidency.

    National Popular Vote would give a voice to the minority party voters in each state and district (in ME and NE). Now their votes are counted only for the candidate they did not vote for. Now they don’t matter to their candidate.

    With National Popular Vote, every vote, everywhere would be counted equally for and directly assist the candidate for whom it was cast.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). The recent Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University poll shows 72% support for direct nationwide election of the President. Support is strong among Republican voters, Democratic voters, and independent voters, as well as every demographic group surveyed in recent polls in closely divided Battleground States: CO– 68%, IA –75%, MI– 73%, MO– 70%, NH– 69%, NV– 72%, NM– 76%, NC– 74%, OH– 70%, PA — 78%, VA — 74%, and WI — 71%; in Small States (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE –75%, ME — 77%, NE — 74%, NH –69%, NV — 72%, NM — 76%, RI — 74%, and VT — 75%; in Southern and Border states: AR –80%, KY — 80%, MS –77%, MO — 70%, NC — 74%, and VA — 74%; and in other states polled: CA — 70%, CT — 74% , MA — 73%, MN – 75%, NY — 79%, WA — 77%, and WV- 81%.

    On Election Night, most voters don’t care whether their presidential candidate wins or loses in their state or district… they care whether he/she wins the White House. Voters want to know, that even if they were on the losing side, their vote actually was directly and equally counted and mattered to their candidate. Most Americans consider the idea of the candidate with the most popular votes being declared a loser detestable. We don’t allow this in any other election in our representative republic.

    The National Popular Vote bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers, in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states, including one house in AR (6), CT (7), DE (3), DC (3), ME (4), MI (17), NV (5), NM (5), NY (31), NC (15), and OR (7), and both houses in CA (55), CO (9), HI (4), IL (21), NJ (15), MD (10), MA(12), RI (4), VT (3), and WA (11). The bill has been enacted by DC, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, California, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Washington. These nine jurisdictions possess 132 electoral votes — 49% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.


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