Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader proposes changes to electoral vote distribution
September 14, 2011
Harrisburg, PA: In Pennsylvania, the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote receives all 20 of the state's Electoral College votes. State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi would like for that to change.
The Republican lawmaker is trying to drum up support for a new method of awarding electoral votes. Under his proposal, candidates would receive one vote for a win in each of the 18 Congressional districts, with the remaining votes awarded to the candidate who wins the statewide popular vote. Only two states, Maine and Nebraska currently use the proportional system.
State Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa is among the proposal's opponents. He accused Pileggi of putting his "self interests and party interests ahead of the people," and hinted the plan is tied to redistricting. Pileggi argues the measure would bring more attention to individual congressional districts that have long been ignored when the state leans strongly in one direction.