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Electoral College

Six Californias: Conservative Plan, Techie Self-Indulgence or Both?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Despite its not very well-veiled partisan goals, impracticality and illogic, there is something intriguing about the Six Californias proposal. More accurately, there is something intriguing about rethinking how the role states play in US politics, specifically in the Senate and the electoral college.

Is It Time to Implement a National Popular Vote in Presidential Elections?

Pearl Korn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

We must stop being the only democracy that indirectly elects its chief executive. Every voice and vote must matter. After all, isn't that what democracy is all about?

Keeping the Electoral College and Electing the President Who Gets the Most Votes: It's a Simple Matter of Agreement

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

In recent years, a new movement -- called National Popular Vote (NPV) -- has figured out another way to democratize our presidential election.

States of Change

Thomas M. Holbrook | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Thomas M. Holbrook

Not long after the 2012 election some observers noted an increasing Democratic "lock" on the Electoral College.

Who Does the GOP 'Brand' Impact Most?

Ron Nehring | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Ron Nehring

The rule of thumb is this: the closer a candidate is to the top of the ticket, the better their opportunity to define themselves through their own words and actions.

A Pessimistic Generation

Alex Wirth | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Alex Wirth

It begs the question: What is causing young people to be more pessimistic about the power of their vote? And not only that, but why are the politically engaged even more pessimistic?

Senate Vote May Signal Problems For The Gun Lobby

National Journal | Ronald Brownstein | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

The outcome of Wednesday’s dramatic Senate vote on expanding background checks simultaneously demonstrated the difficult geography confronting gun-c...

Pennsylvania Republicans Face Heat Over Controversial Redistricting Plan

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

The Democratic National Committee is sending robocalls to Pennsylvania voters beginning Monday, going after a GOP-sponsored plan to change the way the...

Major Media Should Stop Perpetuating Myth That Electoral College Rules Help Small States

Rob Richie | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

The National Popular Vote plan does not "counteract" the excess power of small states. In fact, it does just the opposite, giving voters in small states the attention and electoral clout that they deserve in proportion to their votes.

Michigan GOP Backs Electoral College Scheme

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

The Michigan GOP backed a measure on Saturday that would allocate the state's electoral college votes by congressional districts, reviving energy for ...

Rig the Vote

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Rig the Vote is the evil opposite of Rock the Vote. Rock is the campaign by a nonprofit to increase political engagement and register young people. Rig is the campaign by the GOP to suppress political engagement and subvert balloting.

The GOP's Electoral Strategy: Gimmicks and Exclusion

Brian Levin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Republicans fail to see that gimmickry and exclusionary tactics are not the solution to their demographic problems. Instead, Republicans would do well to consider why the fact remains that when more people can vote and more people do vote, Democrats win.

Counting the Votes for President

Joan Fitz-Gerald | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Joan Fitz-Gerald

Unlike utilizing partisan gerrymandered maps or an entirely mismatched way of allocating votes depending on the state, a national popular vote system makes some sense. It's time for a national conversation about fairness and transparency in the way we elect our president.

Electoral College Shenanigans: One Possible Response

Kevin Welner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

In this past presidential election, President Obama defeated Governor Romney by a popular vote of 65.9 million to 60.9 million. In a sane world, that would be the end of the story. But the U.S. presidential election uses the Electoral College.

Amanda Terkel

New Scheme To Change Electoral College Votes In Pennsylvania

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican leader of the Pennsylvania state Senate plans to introduce legislation this month that would change how the state alloca...

There's More Than One Way to Rig an Election

Michael Keegan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The GOP's bold and brash plan to rig the 2016 presidential election seems to be collapsing under its own weight, at least for now. But that doesn't mean they've stopped trying to game the system.

Amanda Terkel

Paul Ryan Says No To Vote-Rigging Scheme In Wisconsin

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has come out against altering the way his state allocates its Electoral College votes, even though the proposed ...

Why Republicans Are Facing A Grim Reality

New York Magazine | Jonathan Chait | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

Can a party rule by capturing most of the country but less than half of the people? We might be about to find out....

Idaho Republican Compares Health Care To Holocaust

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

Sherly Nuxoll, a Republican state senator from Idaho, compared President Barack Obama's health care plan to the Holocaust, the Idaho Spokesman-Review ...

This Is How You Steal An Election

Upworthy | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

Election-rigging isn't just fodder for movies and primetime TV dramas anymore: It's coming to a state near you. As if you didn't need more reasons to ...

GOP Governors Snookering States and Media on Electoral College Rigging Scheme

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Republican governors have snookered the media so they can conduct stealth campaigns. If anyone is naïve enough to believe that these electoral-rigging schemes will not be enacted, stay-tuned.

A Test for Texas Republicans

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

If you believe that the Electoral College system needs to be changed from a winner-take-all system to some sort of proportional or district-based representation, all in the name of democracy of course, the place to make that happen is Texas and the time is now.

How to Rig the Next Presidential Election (and How to Stop That From Happening)

Terry Connelly | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Here's a user's manual on the latest effort to bend the Constitution to rig the next presidential election, and the next and the next, for that matter.

If You Can't Win the Presidency, Put the Fix In

Michael Keegan | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Unable to win the last two presidential elections, even with the help of unlimited corporate spending and undemocratic voting restrictions, Republicans are now trying to change the rules of the game again.

Stealing the White House One Gerrymander at a Time

Joan Fitz-Gerald | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Joan Fitz-Gerald

As the saying goes, if you can't beat them, join them. Or, if it's 2013 and you're the Republican party, if you can't beat them, change the rules of the game so you can at least give yourself a shot.