Friday, February 8, 2013

Dems blast Pileggi's Electoral College proposal

Democratic officials blasted Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s proposal to change the way Pennsylvania awards its Electoral College votes during a conference call this morning.

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn, state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, of Upper Merion, and state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster County, said Pileggi’s plan is a form of election rigging. They also called on Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania to stand up against Pileggi.

“We need a few Republicans with a conscience … who are willing to say, ‘I didn’t get into public service to undermine elections,’” Leach said.

Pileggi’s bill would change the state from a winner-take-all system to one that awards electoral votes proportionally. Of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, 18 would be distributed based on the percentage of the popular vote each candidate wins. The other two votes, representing the states senators, would be given to the candidate who wins the popular vote.

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