This is not some theory from the Left, but a real idea ran by a Republican website, redistrictingmajorityproject.com, which is very public. I had thought gerrymandering was illegal, but it can be done quite legally even if it isn't exactly ethical. In fact in the last election just to show you how effective REDMAP was, it made the Republican control of the House possible. Republicans were state-wide out-voted by votes for Democrats by more than a million votes. In other words, voters voted only 49 percent of the time for Republicans in down ballot elections and yet they remain in control of the House. A Republican memo on REDMAP actually states this. This was also pointed out in a Huffington Post article. REDMAP has been very successful. Far more successful than the suppress the vote was.
So why now the electoral college. Again this is not some hidden secret or Left wing conspiracy. Using the information and redistricting information, the Republican controlled states that voted for Democratic presidential candidates in the election would split the electoral vote based on redistricting instead of all or none as it currently is. That on the surface sounds reasonable until we consider the gerrymandering by REDMAP. This means that a district with say 100 votes could vote for one candidate while a district with a 1000 or even 100,000 votes could vote for another candidate. Both would receive one electoral vote essentially weighting the vote in favor of lesser numbers. So a rural district which typically votes Republican has a more heavily weighted vote than an urban vote which tends to vote more Democrat. The electoral college is now divided not by popular vote, but by the same gerrymandered votes used to give political advantage to one group. The one vote idea goes out the window.
If this were in place last November, Obama despite winning the popular vote 51 to 47 percent would now not be president. We are not talking some close split of the national vote as it was in 2000, we are talking a major failure of representative government. I know for some the idea of President Romney would be okay, until the reverse becomes true and it is your vote that is outweighed by something like REDMAP. What is more is that it is not a move to do this in all states, but only in states that have voted Democrat in the past.
The political implications of this is astonishing. It is a grab for power by one party. Regardless of whether it is Republican or Democrat, such moves violates everything that we believe. What is more is the idea has already begun. During the inauguration,the senate in Virginia, which is evenly split, realized they had one more vote than normal because one of the Virginia senate members was attending the event in D.C. They rammed through the idea of redistricting while he was gone. The plan has also received the blessing of the national Republican chair.
An aware electorate is the most dangerous to these kind of ideas. You can notify Republican leaders that nobody should win this way. If they cannot build an idea based on what is right and best, then they have no business being leaders. I don't care if you are Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, or Green. Either you believe in the idea of one person one vote, or you don't. Unethical cheating is not the answer to any political party's problems.