Thursday, July 30, 2015

Electoral college proposal is tabled. This is good.

The AP reports that a Republican proposal to change the way Pennsylvania awards its electoral votes will be tabled, at least for a while. Sen. Dominic Pileggi had proposed splitting the state's electoral votes by district, rather than the current winner-take-all system.

Electoral college proposal is tabled. This is good.

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The AP reports that a Republican proposal to change the way Pennsylvania awards its electoral votes will be tabled, at least for a while. Sen. Dominic Pileggi had proposed splitting the state's electoral votes by district, rather than the current winner-take-all system.

Back in September, we argued against the idea. We think the country should seriously consider moving away from the electoral college, to a national popular vote. But as long as the electoral vote remains, it makes no sense for Pennsylvania to switch to a system that a) could lead to a Republican candidate losing the state's popular vote but winning the majority of its electoral votes (it would at least be more reasonable to divide the state's votes up proportionally to percentage of the popular vote -- this would make redistricitng matter less), and b) greatly reducing Pennsylvania's clout on the national political scene (we would no longer be a swing-state prize; we'd be a foregone conclusion). This latter point is twice as important if you're in Philadelphia.

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