There should be Instant Runoff Voting
If true I wouldn't call it "trying to rig" a presidential election but rather "trying to win" a presidential election. The reality is the GOP simply doesn't have the numbers anymore to win the White House. 2012 was our best chance demographically but it wasn't meant to be. From what I've heard the median age of a conservative media follower is mid to late 60s (white male). The GOP in the past 2 to 4 years has become expert at deeply offending large voting blocks:
- Infamous GOP positions on the definition of rape
- Associating the expression for a desire to mandate contraceptive coverage under a system where one's employer has all the control over healthcare of their employees with being sluts and porno actresses
- Demonizing Hispanics with laws that presume any Hispanic might be here illegally so racially profile them all
- Efforts to reduce black voter participation
- Wanting to raise interest rates on student loans while at the state level also raising tuition at state universities and colleges giving the strong impression that the GOP is about helping the rich get richer by helping them keep American workers as unskilled and uneducated as possible and pitting them against cheap overseas labor markets while doing all they can to keep their taxes as low as possible and minimize the benefits they offer employees.
The GOP has a lot of damage control to do and with rapidly growing segments of the very populations we have deeply offended, I personally doubt an image makeover would even be successful. Its possible that high ranking GOP leadership realizes this too and as a last ditch effort are planning to try to change how states with GOP control (for now) can stack the deck in their favor. My best guess is the public will get wind of these tactics and it'll backfire in our faces, which at a minimum would lead to incumbent Republicans being kicked out of office and possibly the elimination of the Electoral College to be replaced with a direct popular vote.
Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011
If this crap (gerrymandering, and trying to rig elections.) continues or grows, we, the people will lose our democracy and our voting rights...and our nation...
We need a better people and we need more to participate in politics.
Personally, putting the gerrymandering (which both parties do) aside, I think this is an excellent idea. There have been at least two states (Maine being one of them) that do something like this already. Honestly, I think this puts the power much more back in the hands of The People while maintaing the Constitutionally prescribed system. Give the two "Congressional" electoral votes to the overall winner in the state and then base the "Representative" electoral votes on how that individual district voted. In doing so, you reduce the power of the Urban centers to overwhelm the Rural areas simply due to population density.
Rigging an election? I think their advocacy of voter ID laws is fairly close.
letting politicians draw their own districts is insane. gerrymandering is a bipartisan problem nationwide.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
There is also the assumption that based on party affiliation, state legislatures know how someone is going to vote. The reality is that to some degree, they do.
States can decide how the allocation of their Electoral votes are decided. I like the 1 district, 1 vote method (with 2 statewide votes going to the state majority candidate) much more than the--Candidate A got the majority of the votes in the country, but our state voted in the majority for Candidate B. We agree to go along with the national majority and cast all our votes for Candidate B. That method truly is wrong.