Fresh from claiming the GOP’s 2012 run was “a great campaign—a nine-month campaign” that only went awry at the end, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus now wants to rig the Electoral College so that when Republicans lose they still might “win.”

Specifically, Priebus is urging Republican governors and legislators to take up what was once a fringe scheme to change the rule for distribution of Electoral College votes. Under the Priebus plan, electoral votes from battleground states such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin and other states that now regularly back Democrats for president would be allocated not to the statewide winner but to the winners of individual congressional districts.


3 thoughts on “RNC’s Priebus Proposes to Rig Electoral College so Losing Republicans Can ‘Win’

  1. I wish the electoral college would end the “winner take all” method and implement a proportional method. It seems strange to me that in states like Florida where it is often a 49/51 split any one part would get all of the electoral votes effectively disenfranchising the other half of the state. If the votes were proportional everyone’s vote would matter.


  2. Anything to win an election.

    Though I am of two minds on this. On one side it is despicable that the RNC would considered basically creating a loophole to ensure that they win the next presidential election. But on the other hand I have argued that electoral votes should not be awarded on a winner takes all basis.

    The problem is that if only specific states switch to awarding electoral votes based on Congressional districts or proportional method then it can completely screw up the system. Then rather than improving the system as a whole it could be used to control the system.


  3. @Atticus, @Tracy: There’s only two fair solutions. 1) Keep the electoral college, but make ALL states adhere to the same system – either “winner take all” or “proportional.” 2) Eliminate the electoral college, and create a national election for the presidency. This second option is more democratic, but would be much harder to implement.


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