MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross issued the following statements regarding the latest effort by the Republican-controlled state legislature to rig elections in their favor — an essential end to the Electoral College system of voting in presidential elections in Wisconsin. A bill to alter Wisconsin’s awarding of Electoral College votes by individual congressional districts was circulated today by Rep. Dan LeMahieu (R-Cascade).
“The depths to which Republicans in Wisconsin will sink to rig elections appear to be bottomless. It is not enough they passed a voter suppression scheme that threatens the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of legal Wisconsin voters, or that they paid $500,000 to rig legislative maps, or that they strong-armed an independent agency to try and stave off Gov. Scott Walker’s inevitable recall. Now Republicans are attacking the foundation of how Wisconsin participates in electing the President of the United States. Memo to the Republicans: If you would stop doling out corporate tax breaks to your contributors and focus instead on creating jobs, you might not have to rig the ballot box in order to win elections.”
One Wisconsin Now notes that Republicans have not won Wisconsin’s Electoral College votes for President since 1984, including four elections under GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson, who was never able to deliver the state for the Republicans.