Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
First, the good news. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal without comment from the RNC to overturn a 30 year old consent decree prohibiting the RNC from targeting racial and ethnic minorities in its fraudulent "voter fraud" efforts. Supreme Court denies RNC bid to end voter fraud consent decree:
The Supreme Court has refused to lift a 30-year consent decree that bars the Republican National Committee from targeting racial and ethnic minorities in its efforts to end fraudulent voting.
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The RNC has tried repeatedly to have the consent decree lifted, contending it interferes with its efforts to combat voter fraud. But a federal judge in New Jersey in 2009 ruled that it should remain in effect, and the U.S. Court of Appeals agreed last year.
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The justices with no dissent dismissed the appeal in the case of RNC vs. DNC.
The consent decree only applies to the RNC and not to related entities, nor state Republican Parties, which explains why we witnessed such an explosion of voter suppression efforts in Republican controled states in 2012.
In recent years there have been proposals to do away with the antiquated electoral college. One proposal is a direct popular vote -- the candidate with the most votes wins. Another proposal is the National Popular Vote -- Under the National Popular Vote compact, all of the state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (In that case, why not just amend the Constitution to eliminate the electoral college for a direct popular vote?)
And then there is the Republican Party, which wants to go a whole different direction -- allocation of electoral votes by congressional districts -- which is a form of super-gerrymandering to rig elections to thwart the popular vote. RNC Chair: Rig The Next Presidential Election For Republicans:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) proposed rigging the presidential election for Mitt Romney by allocating electoral votes based upon which candidate carried each individual congressional district, rather than upon who wins the state as a whole. Thanks in large part to Republican gerrymandering, if Corbett’s election-rigging plan had been in effect last November in the Republican-controlled states of Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, Romney would have won the Electoral College despite losing the popular vote by nearly four points (5 million votes).
In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus did not simply endorse this election-rigging scheme, he indicated that it should be targeted towards consistently Democratic states where it is most likely to skew the presidential election to the GOP’s benefit:
Republicans are in a unique position to make headway with such a plan nationally because Wisconsin and other key states that have gone to the Democratic presidential candidate in recent elections are currently controlled by Republicans at the state level. The change would give Republicans a chance to claim some of those states’ electoral votes.
“I think it’s something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at,” Priebus said of the plan to change how electoral votes are granted.
Such a system “gives more local control” to the states, he argued.
This would not be the GOP’s only effort to rig elections so that they win no matter what the will of the American people may be. Last November, Democratic House candidates won the national popular vote by nearly 1.4 million votes. Yet, thanks to Republican gerrymandering, they would need to win the popular vote by over seven points in order to take back the House.
The congressional results are more complex than just gerrymandering. There is a demographic and geographic component. Democrats tend to be concentrated in urban and suburban communities, and Republicans tend to be concentrated in rural areas. The analysis is beyond the scope of the point of this post.
Allocation of electoral votes by congressional district presently occurs only in the states of Maine and Nebraska.
The only fair vote is a direct popular vote of the president and vice president, the same as for every other elected official in this country. It is time to do away with the antiquated electoral college, and to take away the machinations of the RNC to rig elections to thwart the popular vote.