Tuesday, September 25, 2007
They're already trying to steal the White House
If you can't win, cheat.
Apparently that's the Republicans' answer to our work here in California. If they have their way, your reliably "blue" state won't be so blue in 2008.
Faced with a strong Democratic presence, Republicans are campaigning for a new election system instead of their own candidates.
If they get what they're after, it could cost us the White House.
Republican operatives -- including some of the 2004 Swift Boaters -- are working on a proposition for the June ballot that would essentially hand over 20 of the state's electoral votes before the elections even begin next November.
Electoral reform is a good thing -- but this proposition doesn't even come close to an honest effort. It's designed for just one thing: to make California the only big state in the country to break up its electoral votes, handing the White House back over to the Republicans. We need election reform, but let's do it for real -- and let's not pick and choose which states we do it in.
We can't let this proposition get on the ballot. Reject the Republican power grab in California:
California, like 47 other states, awards all of its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes. In the last four elections, all of California's electoral votes have gone to the Democratic nominee.
Republicans want to change the rules to award one electoral vote for each Congressional district a presidential candidate wins. In 2004, that would have given George Bush 19 of John Kerry's 55 votes.
These so-called "reformers" aren't proposing to do this in Texas, or Florida, or Ohio, or any other large state that the Republicans won in 2004.
This isn't electoral reform -- it's a blatant power grab. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger is against the proposal, saying:
Don't let the Republicans cheat to win the election. Make your voice heard now:
As a Californian, you know the way that propositions work. Rich donors and special interest groups spend tens of millions of dollars, paying for signatures, buying TV ads and confusing people with distortions and lies until they don't know what to believe anymore. This time, they're calling it "election reform."
If we don't get rid of this initiative now, you can only imagine the type of campaign the Republican Swift Boaters will run to mislead the people of California into giving up their vote.
For Republicans, it's not Iowa or New Hampshire that matters most in 2008 -- it's California.
The Republicans should know better than to take on the California Democrats. Let's show them why.
Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
P.S. -- You can also help fight this by telling your friends and family not to sign the petition to get this measure on the ballot.
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