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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
    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.

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