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Rig the Vote - By CHARLES M. BLOWNYTimes.com

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"That seems to be the plan of Republican lawmakers in several battleground states that stubbornly keep going for Democrats during presidential elections. Thanks in part to gerrymandering, many states already have Republican-controlled legislatures.

Republican lawmakers in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin are considering whether to abandon the winner-take-all approach to awarding Electoral College votes and replace it with a proportional allocation.That change would heavily favor Republican presidential candidates -- tilting the voting power away from cities and toward rural areas -- and make it more likely that the candidate with the fewest votes over all would win a larger share of electoral votes... "This is not where we should be in 2013, debating whether to pass bills to reduce urban voters to a fraction of the value of other voters..."

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