GOP Shadow Group Takes Aim At National Popular Vote Effort

The National Popular Vote campaign has convinced state after state in recent years to change their Electoral College rules so that the winner of the state's popular vote gets all the electoral college votes. But now the Republican Party has launched a counter-attack, according to Roll Call's Eliza Newlin Carney.

Her eyebrow-raising article suggests that GOP strategists are plainly threatened by the idea that a president might some day be elected by a majority of voters across American, not the arcane system created in the 18th century to add more clout to slave-holding and rural states at the expense of states with big cities.

Carney writes: "The fight over the Electoral College is "the most important issue in America nobody's talking about," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said at a Wednesday forum co-sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and the State Government Leadership Foundation, a GOP-friendly nonprofit that has recently unveiled a new website and ramped up its operations."

A peek at the election page on that new GOP shadow group website puts national popular vote after "combatting voter fraud" as the top concern. Amazing, another GOP-led "reform" effort essentially telling American voters that their voices and votes might be heard, but should not count. 

AlterNet / By Steven Rosenfeld

Posted at December 8, 2011, 5:16am

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