A Republican plan to place an enormous thumb on the electoral scale in favor of Republican presidential candidates is back, and if one Florida lawmaker has his way, it will be law by 2016.

In the last couple of years, several top Republicans rallied behind a plan to rig the Electoral College by ensuring that many of the electoral votes that went to President Obama in the last two elections would instead be awarded to the Republican candidate. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) proposed rigging presidential elections as early as 2011. Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus called for one set of rules in red states — to ensure that Republicans get all of the electoral votes in those states — and another set of rules in blue states to ensure that GOP candidates get some of those votes as well. In Priebus’ words, the election rigging plan is “something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at.”

And now, Florida state Rep. Ray Pilon (R) introduced a bill to bring this election rigging plan to Florida. If Pilon’s bill had been law in 2012, Romney would have won 15 of Florida’s 29 electoral votes, despite the fact that President Obama won the popular vote in the state.


2 thoughts on “Florida Lawmaker Revives GOP Plan To Rig The Electoral College For Republicans

  1. Robert,
    Time to get rid of the electoral college altogether and elect presidents with popular vote majority. This would increase the number of voters, as those who didn’t vote because their state was going to a particular candidate-whether they voted or not-now find that their vote(s) count. For example, a Green Party voter in Alabama won’t vote because the republican is going to get Alabam’s electoral votes. Without the electoral college, the Alabama Green Party voter will show up at the polling place.
    Thank you,


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