The Latest Attempt By Conservatives To Rig Elections Might Be Their Most Egregious Yet

black-votersIt’s not really a secret that conservatives are trying to rig our government in their favor. From gerrymandering House districts to passing strict voter ID laws, Republicans are doing everything they possibly can to disenfranchise voters who typically don’t vote for their party.


But the real problem with all of this isn’t just that Republicans are trying to rig our government in their favor, it’s that conservatives really don’t care. If their recent attempts to rig elections are successful, conservatives will benefit from all of these changes to voting laws and rules, so they couldn’t care less if what their party is trying to do is completely unethical.

I’m a proud progressive, but I would never want to win elections by trying to fix the outcome. That’s not what our Constitution allows for. I can handle “my side” losing as long as the elections were fair, but when some are actively trying to change the system for their own political benefit, that’s a huge problem.

And that’s exactly what conservatives are trying to do.

Recently the Supreme Court surprised a lot of folks when it said it would hear a case that challenges the “one person, one vote” mantra that’s determined how we draw districts within each state. What this case is trying to do is only count people who are eligible to vote. In other words immigrants, children and felons would not count toward drawing congressional districts. If that sounds absurd, it should – because it is.

If the Supreme Court were to rule in the favor of these Texas conservatives, a family of six with four children would only count as two until those children reached voting age. That’s not just ridiculous, it’s also stupid. Not only that, but it basically defines “an American citizen” based on whether or not someone is able to vote.

Then there is the issue with felons. Currently there are around 6 million felons who are ineligible to vote in the United States. If this challenge were supported, none of those individuals would count.


But putting aside everything else, when you get right down to it, this is a blatant push by conservatives to get the Latino vote minimized. That’s the group that will be impacted the most by this – and to be honest, that’s really the group of people Republicans fear the most.

Basically, if the Supreme Court decides to rule in favor of conservatives on this issue (which they have recently), tens of millions of people in this country would no longer have representation within their state.

But the really worrisome part of all of this is the fact that this is clearly a testing ground to do this on a national level. If the Supreme Court rules that only eligible voters should count toward state districts, the next challenge is going to be done nationally, which would essentially mean that only people who are eligible to vote would have representation in Congress. That’s crazy.

I try not to be an alarmist, but people really need to start caring more about this before it’s too late. If we don’t, progressives are going to wake up one day to a government completely controlled by Republicans, with laws put in place that make it nearly impossible to ever get power away from them.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Onyxcat

    I’m still on the fence on this one. I believe that everyone over the age of 18 or 21, whichever is your state’s law should register to vote thus giving politicians an idea of how his or her district is made up of voters. How can a politician know what is best for his or her voters when a family of 6 is allowed to be counted as 6 and not the 2 who vote? How do we know what is right for the public when the majority of the public don’t vote? Like I said at the beginning, I’m on the fence on this one. One man/woman one vote looks promising.

  • Cemetery Girl

    This is finally the acknowledgement that politicians do not work for the American people but work to keep a career in politics. There isn’t a concern over the interests of all the people in a district, just winning the votes to win a district. The pretense has finally come to an end. Politicians won’t need to pretend. Finally, no need to pretend to have any concern for all members of a district.

  • Oldfart

    It’s not clear to me how not counting illegal immigrants damages hispanic representation. Illegal immigrants (1) cannot vote and (2) have no claim to representation. Meanwhile, there are plenty of hispanic Americans who can vote and who will be counted.