Gov. Corbett’s Plan to Disenfranchise PA Voters Gains Attention
At some point you’ve got to call a spade a spade. And the facts point to Governor Tom Corbett doing everything he can to make sure Democrats—even if they represent the majority of the state—are underrepresented in elections, allowing Republicans to weasel their way to more representation in the Keystone State and tip the scale nationally.
Yesterday, we wrote in the Daily Grinder, “A Pennsylvania Senate Republican wants to change the way the state’s electoral votes are counted. Instead of a winner-take-all system, Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s new bill would have each electoral district elect one presidential elector and two statewide. This bill would of course favor Republicans since the state bookends go Democrat and have handed the Ds the state in presidential elections the last five times, even though Republicans consistently own the Legislature.”
Yeah, the governor is on board with this plan, too.
And the original report in the Post-Gazette has caught a bunch of online news sources’ attention. Going off what we wrote in our little blurb, it should be duly noted that President Barack Obama, while owning (or, if you will PWNING) John McCain by 10 points in the 2008 election, that would, according to Corbett’s plan, net Obama only 11 of the state’s 21 electoral votes. Whereas in most red states throughout the middle of the country, like Texas, the Republican would “take all” the electoral votes. The plan would likely eliminate Pennsylvania’s place as a “vital” or “swing” state.
As Think Progress notes:
Let’s be clear, the Electoral College is a terrible idea. It has, on three occasions, allowed the loser of the national popular vote to enter the White House. It forces presidential candidates to pander to swing states and ignore the needs of the vast majority of the nation.
If the entire nation were to adopt Corbett’s plan of doling out electoral votes by congressional district, it would eliminate many of the problems caused by our current system.
But when a major blue state’s Republican leadership adopts this kind of reform piecemeal, it is nothing less than an attempt to rig the election.
Gov. Corbett has additionally supported a “Voter ID” bill that would force IDs at the polls, which would disproportionately affect the poor and homeless, who often vote Democrat.
And while this is all happening, he and the Republican Legislature are going to have their way with state redistricting, likely eliminating a Democrat district in Western Pennsylvania and re-configuring the state to make swing districts—like the Seventh, represented by Republican Pat Meehan; and Eighth, represented by Republican Mike Fitzpatrick—solid red for the next decade.