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Dick Morris: States Could Block Plan to Rig Electoral College

By Joe Battaglia   |   Monday, 21 Apr 2014 03:29 PM

Democrats are trying to pull an end-around on the Constitution by conspiring to rig the Electoral College, and the best way to prevent that from happening would be a block on the state level.

Political analyst Dick Morris told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV that there is a way to render irrelevant a plan by the Democrats that would award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote.

"Republican state legislatures now need to pass a law binding their Electoral College delegates to follow the vote of the state," Morris said. "That way, to embrace the Democratic plan, there would have to be a superseding statute passed by both houses and signed by the governor, and that may be very difficult to happen, so if you get a couple of states where there's a split in control, you can stop this plan from taking effect."

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According to Morris, allowing the Democratic plan to be implemented would enable Democratic machines in big cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to overwhelm the vote. It would, he argues, also increase the possibility of voter fraud.

"Right now, Florida is a swing state. You can investigate Florida, and you can investigate a few counties and catch voter fraud," Morris said. "But if the fraud could be anywhere in the United States . . . you can't control it because it's all over the country. You don't know where to look."

The key to stopping the proposal, Morris said, is increasing the number of Republican-controlled state legislatures during this year's midterm elections.

"All of the indications are that the Democratic turnout will be less," Morris said of the midterms. "You measure voter enthusiasm, and something like 35 percent of voters under 30 say they're going to vote. Thirty-five percent of single women say they're going to vote. Latino participation is low. It's yet to be established that you would have a high African-American vote if Obama himself is not directly on the ballot.

"I think the Republicans have a hell of a chance at picking up to 13 seats. I don't think they'll do all 13, but they could come close," Morris said.

"The new states that are in play, it's West Virginia, Montana, and South Dakota, where there are vacancies, and Republicans will certainly win them.

"Four Democratic incumbents are in danger: North Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alaska. Then, six new states that are in play are Oregon, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Minnesota with Al Franken, and Michigan. Those are all states that Republicans could win."

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