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The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee a majority of the Electoral College to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would reform the Electoral College so that the electoral vote in the Electoral College reflects the choice of the nation's voters for President of the United States.   more
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    Philadelphia Inquirer Editorials

    Another attempt to rig presidential elections
    March 6, 2013

    The latest attempt to manipulate Pennsylvania′s presidential vote provided another opportunity for Democrats to howl about cheating Republicans. And they had a point. But if state legislators from both parties want to do something more useful - and, yes, that′s a big if — they should back a politically neutral proposal to end all such attempts to rig presidential elections.

    State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Chester) recently introduced a long-threatened bill to award most of Pennsylvania′s presidential electors in proportion to the state′s popular vote.

    Sounds reasonable enough. But because Pennsylvania and most other states currently award all their electoral votes to the statewide popular-vote winner, and because the Keystone State has gone Democratic for half a dozen elections, the effect would likely be to steal a chunk of the commonwealth′s electoral votes for the GOP.

    Pennsylvania Republicans are at risk of becoming the nation′s most prominent sore losers. Most of their counterparts in other states have abandoned plans to tinker with the Electoral College. Moreover, this is Pileggi′s second recent attempt to alter the electoral math; his first would have awarded electors according to the state′s heinously gerrymandered congressional districts, promising Republicans an even greater share of the total.

    Last week, State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.) and others attacked Pileggi′s bill as reminiscent of the recent effort to require voters to present photo identification, which was expected to discourage Democratic-leaning demographics. Though The Inquirer reported that Pileggi′s proposal may not be high on the GOP agenda, Hughes warned ominously of the potential for "mischief and mayhem."

    Perhaps each side of the controversy is hoping to rev up its base without actually doing anything. That would be a shame, because it′s within the power of state legislatures to make our presidential elections truly democratic.

    New Jersey and eight other states have passed legislation agreeing to award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. This legal pact (detailed at nationalpopularvote.com) goes into effect once states holding a majority of electoral votes pass the legislation, whereupon it would guarantee that the national popular winner is also the electoral winner. At 132 electoral votes, the plan has almost half the support it needs.

    Unlike Pileggi′s proposal, this one has drawn bipartisan support here and elsewhere. It serves as a fitting response to any attempt to leverage the Electoral College for partisan advantage — one that could stop such undemocratic shenanigans for good.

    Editorial: Best way to elect presidents
    September 18, 2011

    In pushing to award Pennsylvania's presidential electoral votes by congressional district rather than the current winner-take-all system, Republican leaders in Harrisburg are headed in the wrong direction.

    They should be moving to rid the country altogether of the archaic Electoral College, which allows the loser of the national popular vote to become president. Instead, state Republicans are trying to rig the nation's antiquated election system to their advantage. They want to guarantee their candidate gets at least some electoral votes from a state their party has failed to win in the last five elections.

    Americans like to think we live in a democracy — one person, one-vote; the majority rules — but come time to elect a president, we don't.

    Thanks to the Electoral College, four times in our history the loser of the popular vote has become president.

    Since the Republican Party emerged in the mid-1800s, the Electoral College has produced that perverse outcome three times — and all three of the winners were Republicans. So maybe it's no surprise that it is Republicans in Harrisburg who are so eager to manipulate the Electoral College to their party's favor. Notice that there is no comparable move to award electoral votes by congressional district in Texas, a reliably Republican state in presidential elections.

    Pushing this one-party power grab is state Senate Majority Leadder Dominic Pileggi, who says he is merely "making sure that individual voters have a say in who the president is." That's a right and proper goal, but the way to do it is to support electing the president by a majority vote of the people, not by investing even more power in the colonial-era anachronism known as the Electoral College.

    Few Americans realize what a fundamentally antidemocratic institution the Electoral College is. Nothing in the Constitution, for example, prevents those appointed to the Electoral College from casting their electoral votes for whomever they darn please, regardless of what voters in their home state decided. That has happened 11 times in the nation's history.

    Under the rules that Pennsylvania and New Jersey use to pick members of the Electoral College, it's still perfectly legal today.

    Nine other states have realized this antidemocratic, jerry-rigged system of picking the president has long outlived its usefulness. They have signed on to a plan that would elect the president by majority vote. Those states, which include California, have made a binding pledge to award all their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the nation's popular vote. However, the pledge doesn't take effect until states representing a majority of the Electoral College, 270, agree to the same arrangement. It's perfectly legal, because it will be done through a well-established, legally enforceable mechanism known as a multistate compact.

    The Electoral College is a relic of a distant era, a throwback to earlier times in America, when only white men with property could vote and slavery was still legal. No country can call itself a true democracy when the candidate chosen by the most voters doesn't win the nation's highest office.

    Pileggi has suggested that his proposal somehow addresses "the disconnect between the popular vote and the Electoral College."

    There's a disconnect all right, and the cure for it is simple: Elect the president by majority vote.

    Reform the Electoral College so that the electoral vote reflects the nationwide popular vote for President