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GOP trying to game the system

January 31, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

It appears that the leadership of the Republican Party is trying to rig the democratic processes in place in our country so that they produce the outcomes party leaders want rather than the outcomes voters want.

Over the past several weeks, it has come to our attention that Reince Priebus and Republican Party leaders are going to try to rig the outcomes of presidential elections by changing the way the major "swing states" like Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc., allocate electoral votes.

They are not seeking the same changes in all states - just the ones that have Republican majority state governments but voted for the Democratic candidate for president.

If Republicans get what they are seeking, because of the gerrymandering of congressional districts, the candidate who gets the most actual votes for president would get the fewest electoral votes - often as few as a third of the electoral votes - while a candidate who got far fewer popular votes would get the most electoral votes.

If the changes they want to make were in effect for the 2012 election, in Ohio, Romney would have received 12 of Ohio's electoral votes and Obama 6, even though Obama got the votes of far more Ohioans.

But it doesn't stop there.

National Republican leaders are also trying to get states' rules for selecting delegates to the Republican presidential nominating conventions changed. The party leadership is upset that Ron Paul out-organized the Romney campaign in a number of states and thus got many more convention delegates than the leadership wanted Mr. Paul to have.

So they are now trying to get states to change the rules to make it harder for candidates the leadership considers to be "mavericks" to win convention delegates.

Predictably, Democrats are getting upset at the plan to try to rig presidential election results by changing how electoral votes are allocated. But the rank-and-file of the Republican party ought to be up in arms, too, because the party's leaders are trying to rig the Republican presidential nominating processes.

Shame on the Republican Party leaders for their assault on democracy! We, the people, deserve free and fair primaries and caucuses as well as free and fair elections.

The people to whom we give a majority of our votes ought to win elections.

All of us have a stake in keeping a handful of Republican leaders and a handful of Republican-dominated state legislatures from trying to rig electoral processes.

Grace Norton

Wheeling

 
 

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