How Swing-State Republicans Are Already Trying to Rig the Next Presidential Election | Politics News | Rolling Stone
It’s no secret that the United States is undergoing a major demographic shift, and it doesn’t bode well for Republicans’ future presidential prospects. But rather than championing policies that appeal to America’s increasingly diverse electorate, the GOP is opting for a strategy to suppress the voters they’re afraid of.
Last election cycle, Rolling Stone contributor Ari Berman outlined the slew of tactics Republicans employed to block President Obama’s base from getting to the polls – from racist voter ID laws to onerous limits on early voting. This effort failed miserably, and the president easily won re-election on the shoulders of students, blue-collar workers and people of color.
For Republicans, this apparently means revisiting the vote suppression drawing board. Republican legislators in several key states have devised a new plan to take back the White House in 2016: rigging the electoral system in favor of their party’s presidential candidates.
Conservative lawmakers in five crucial swing states are pushing legislation that would apportion electoral votes by congressional district, instead of the traditional, winner-takes-all system currently used by all but two states. The GOP-controlled statehouses of Virginia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are all reportedly considering plans to make the switch.