Quote of the Day: Being Outvoted is Unfair and Demoralizing

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From Virginia state senator Bill Carrico, explaining why rural voters are unhappy with Virginia’s current method of simply counting up the votes statewide in presidential elections:

The last election, constituents were concerned that it didn’t matter what they did, that more densely populated areas were going to outvote them.

Ah, yes. All of Virginia’s “more densely populated areas” are outvoting them. I wonder who they could possibly be talking about? That’s a real chin scratcher.

And while we’re on the subject, here’s a bonus quote from Michigan representative Pete Lund, explaining why his Electoral College vote-rigging scheme is gaining support this year but didn’t in 2012:

It got no traction last year. There were people convinced Romney was going to win and this might take (electoral) votes from him.

Points for honesty, I guess, but not for IQ. Didn’t anyone tell Lund that you’re supposed to pretend there’s nothing partisan about all these bills, just an honest attempt to represent the will of the people more fairly?

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