This is extremely upsetting. The GOP in my state, Pennsylvania, is seeking to change how PA awards it electoral votes. Why is this important? Because the electoral votes decides who will be our next President.
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is trying to gather support to change the state’s “winner-takes-all” approach for awarding electoral votes. Instead, he’s suggesting that Pennsylvania dole them out based on which candidate wins each of the 18 congressional districts, with the final two going to the contender with the most votes statewide.
So far, the idea has received support from colleagues of the Delaware County Republican in the state House and from Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. But Democrats, who have carried the state in presidential contests since 1992, said the shift would erode Pennsylvania’s clout.
How would this change things? Consider that President Obama won Pennsylvania by 10 percentage points in 2008. But:
An analysis by the online news service Capitolwire noted that had the proposed distribution process been in place in Pennsylvania in 2008 before the state lost one congressional district due to a population decline in the 2010 census, Mr. Obama would have won only 11 of the state’s 21 votes.
Contact Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi here to voice your opposition.
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