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Pennsylvania Electoral College Bill On Hold

Philadelphia (CBS) – The push to change the way Pennsylvania awards its electoral votes in presidential elections appears to have stalled.

Governor Corbett supports a proposal to change the winner-take-all system most states have for awarding electoral votes. The idea he favors would have most of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes given to presidential candidates based on the number congressional districts they win.

The governor says he still likes the plan but acknowledges that it appears to be in limbo.

“I still support the bill. I believe it is a fair representation to the people of Pennsylvania and to all the states across our states. I see no movement on it… I’m not going to push for movement… but I still support it.”

And, in fact, the sponsor of the bill, Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi, the Senate majority leader, says his primary focus is on natural gas drilling legislation and several other major issues facing the state and that the Electoral College bill is on hold for now.

Reported By Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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  • oldgulph

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The bill changes the way electoral votes are awarded by states in the Electoral College, instead of the current 48 state-by-state winner-take-all system. It assures that every vote is equal and that every voter will matter in every state in every presidential election, as in virtually every other election in the country.

    Under National Popular Vote, every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. Every vote would be included in the national count. The candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC would get the 270+ electoral votes from the enacting states. That majority of electoral votes guarantees the candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC wins the presidency.

    National Popular Vote would give a voice to the minority party voters in each state and district (in ME and NE). Now their votes are counted only for the candidate they did not vote for. Now they don’t matter to their candidate.

    With National Popular Vote, every vote, everywhere would be counted equally for and directly assist the candidate for whom it was cast.

    In Pennsylvania, the National Popular Vote bill has been introduced in both the House (HB 1270) and Senate (SB 1116)


    Due to gerrymandering, in 2008, only 4 Pennsylvania districts were competitive. Only those voters would matter under Pileggi’s plan. When and where votes don’t matter, candidates ignore those areas and the issues they care about most.

    Dividing a state’s electoral votes by gerrymandered districts would magnify the worst features of the system and not reflect the diversity of the state.

    The district approach would provide less incentive for presidential candidates to campaign in all districts and would not focus the candidates’ attention to issues of concern to the whole state. Candidates would have no reason to campaign in districts where they are comfortably ahead or hopelessly behind.

  • oldgulph

    Most Pennsylvania and U.S. voters want a national popular vote for President.

    A survey of 800 Pennsylvania voters conducted on December 16-17, 2008 showed 78% overall support for a national popular vote for President.
    Support was 87% among Democrats, 68% among Republicans, and 76% among independents.
    By gender, support was 85% among women and 71% among men.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls.

    Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

    The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers, in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions possessing 132 electoral votes — 49% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.


  • Francis Graff

    You two ought to be in Limbo. You promise us change and you just drop it. That’s frustrating.

  • grumpy

    Where are the freaking jobs you morons? Maybe it’s time to occupy Harrisburg where all of Pennsylvania’s dead wood resides!

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