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State Republican Leader Again Looks To Change Electoral College Standard

February 26, 2013

A top Republican in the state legislature is once again leading the charge to change the way Pennsylvania allocates its Electoral College votes in presidential elections.

A bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi contains one change in a similar proposal that died in the previous legislative session.  The plan would give 18 of the 20 votes based on the percentage of votes the candidates draw in Pennsylvania’s popular vote.  The other two would go to the overall winner.  A third-party candidate who receives a “threshold” of votes, or about 6 percent, would receive at least one electoral vote.

Pileggi’s proposal in the last session would have divided the votes according to whoever won the state’s 18 congressional districts.

Many Democrats call the proposals attempts at vote-rigging.

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