On Saturday, Republicans at the Michigan GOP’s convention in Lansing voted by an overwhelming 1,370-132 margin to back a plan that would “divvy-up 14 of the state’s 16 electoral votes according to which candidate got the most votes in each congressional district.” This is one of two election-rigging plans favored by Republicans in several key blue states because it would effectively give away much of the state’s electors to the Republican candidate. Because this particular plan lays the presidential election onto Congressional maps that are already gerrymandered to benefit Republicans, it would achieve the absurd result of virtually guaranteeing Republicans will win the majority of the electoral votes in Michigan, even though the Democratic candidate is likely to win the state as a whole:
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) reiterated to his fellow Republicans gathered in Lansing that he does not believe this is “the appropriate time” to discuss rigging future presidential elections. But this assurance should be cold comfort to supporters of democracy. Snyder similarly once claimed that pushing a so-called “right-to-work” law would not be “appropriate in Michigan during 2012.” He then signed the very same anti-worker legislation he’d called inappropriate for 2012 in December of 2012.