January 25th, 2013
04:27 PM ET
10 years ago

Some GOP-led states look at electoral vote changes

Washington (CNN) - If at first you don't succeed, try to change the rules.

A proposal under consideration in Virginia's Republican-led state legislature would change how the commonwealth allocates its 13 electoral votes in the wake of Democratic President Barack Obama's re-election last November.


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. kayla

    have they no shame?

    January 25, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Squigman

    Apparently they are worried. They need to be. Some of the people have gotten wise to the disgusting practices of the republicans. The one's left to vote for them call themselves self serving names that conjure up a picture of patriotism and liberty. They believe they, and they alone are the keepers of the flame of freedom. What piles they are.

    January 25, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Ideas, Ideals, not ideologies

    This means nothing. I don't see how this will survive a court challenge since this is will clearly disenfranchise large numbers of voters. In VA's case the majority of voters, considering the trends in the past two presidential elections, that would clearly disenfranchise a majority of voters.
    For those of you talking about race. This proposal has very little to do with race since minorities alone could not elect president Obama. This is about what party you vote regarless of race. If you vote R then your vote will be counted 2x in VA.

    January 25, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    Oh I think the Republicans should continue with this further example of gerry mandering for electoral gain.
    When will they get it the people are not stupid AND WHEN YOU CHANGES RULES / SYSTEMS TO FAVOR x PARTY. We the people will stop you.
    Unless you Republicans have policies and ideas ( not the pure ideology of the last four years) that meet the majority voter perception and desire.
    Keep it up guy you are giving the House on a platter to the democrats in 2014.
    Sore losers do not get the sympathy of Americans.

    January 25, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. Tony

    Democrats should go out and vote in 2014. Don't let Republicans win midterm elections. In 2010, Republicans took over the House, and they have held America hostage ever since.

    January 26, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  6. ST

    I really doubt whether GOP trick of changing electoral votes will work. People keep on moving all the time. In four years from now, it won't be the same as it is now.

    January 26, 2013 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  7. fernace

    Disgusting!! This type of gerry-mandering, known by its innocuous moniker "re-districting," is the reason Democrats & Independents are under-represented in my state! They've tried to "re-draw" Lloyd Doggett out of his district for years! It really dirty political trix on the downlow, ie. trix dressed up to look resonable until you take a closer look & see all the hidden dirt! It seems the GOT-Party wants to win at All costs & that leads me to believe their goal is to Win, not Represent, which should be their goal! This is why our const.itution states that We, the People are the real government & we wield our power w/votes! Those who want to take away this power should get No Votes! Get 'em ready for next year y'all!!

    January 26, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  8. Teabags falling off cliffs

    the ten poorest states of the Union are Republican lead for decades.

    Let's see how they get out their next wet paper bag.

    What a joke. The Boston Tea party was a bunch of saboteurs dressed as Indians to shift the blame, destroying innocent shipping merchants' cargo. Their actions and ideals symbolic of the Republican party after Lincoln died.

    January 26, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  9. Marty, FL

    Dominican mama 4 Obama,
    Thanks for elaborating. You're right–people should know about what happened in VA on MLK Day by shameful GOP politicians.

    January 26, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. Ancient Texan

    37 states currently have at least some form of Voter ID laws and most of those require photo ID. Several more have approved new laws that Holder is holding up and some have been approved by Federal Courts to go into effect after the 2012 elections. Knowing who the voter is and how many times he votes is not voter "suppression".

    January 26, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Confused

    I understand Voter ID. I mean, look at the amount of drivers license fraud already found in NM. Havent even talked about WA state yet either. do you believe there wasnt voter fraud in this past election? i think atleast a small fraction of it would have been avoided if there was voter id.

    January 26, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Republican supporter of President Obama

    If the president or democrat proposed this the right wing would wage an all out war. Why should the GOP get away with this nonsense? No changes to the electoral process should be made without a public vote – I do not trust the GOP in office to think straight because they only care about winning votes to push their agenda – not represent the people.

    January 26, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    GOP strategy- if you can't win the game, keep changing the rules until you can.

    January 26, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Wake up People!

    Wow, that's about all I can say right now. That and the democratic party better come up with somebody GOOD for 2016, or we are in trouble. I wouldn't put all my eggs in a Hilary basket either, especially since she has said repeatedly she isn't running. Now if she were, we would be good. Never put all your eggs in one basket. The ish just don't stop with the GOP. And where is all the outrage we would be hearing if this were the democrats?? Nothing but a bunch of lying, cheating, hypocritical criminals.

    January 26, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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