“Making Pa. votes matter”

Rob Richie and Devin McCarthy have written this Philly.com oped, which begins: “State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi piqued our interest last week when he told Bloomberg that his new electoral reform proposal “is not party-specific or partisan in any way, but just an attempt to have the popular vote reflected.” Pennsylvanians’ votes certainly weren’t reflected after a majority of them chose Democratic House candidates last month. In a remarkable distortion of voter preference, Republicans won 13 of the state’s 18 House seats. But Pileggi (R., Delaware) was proposing Electoral College reform. Like most of the states, Pennsylvania awards all its electoral votes to the statewide popular-vote winner. Pileggi proposes that most of the state’s electoral votes instead be allocated in proportion to the popular vote, which would have given President Obama 12 of them – rather than the 20 he got – and Mitt Romney eight. This plan is problematic, especially if the state pursues it unilaterally.”

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