State Legislature Shelves Bill to Reallocate Electoral Votes
The bill would change the commonwealth from a winner-take-all format to one where each congressional district would be worth two votes, and the winner of the statewide popular vote would get two electoral votes.
John Micek at The Morning Call is reporting that the bill to change the way Pennsylvania allocates its electoral college votes during a presidential election has been shelved, at least for the rest of the year. Laura Olsen at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette blogged the same thing.
WHYY's Newsworks reported that State Senate majority leader Dominic Pileggi, a Chester County Republican, said he wants to first focus on bills related to education, Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction, and transportation infrastructure funding.
According to the conservative Web site Human Events, the bill seemed to have broad GOP support, then Pennsylvania's 12 Republican congressmen "suddenly became nervous about any possible danger to their re-elections that the change in electoral vote apportionment might pose and then sent word to state legislators to 'cool it.' "
Patch contacted the offices of Rep. Allyson Schwartz and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, but received no official comment on the news.
The plan has been under intense scrutiny. In November, an opinion piece in Philadelphia Weekly claimed the bill would disenfranchise Democrats and back in September, a New York Times blog stated that the bill could backfire on the national GOP.
Nonethless, WHYY's Newsworks cites Governor Tom Corbett as maintaining support for the measure.
"I still support the bill. I believe it is a fair representation to the people of Pennsylvania and to all the states across our states," the Web site quotes Corbett as saying.
The subject is not techinically dead. Micek's story ends with this line: "Since the state's slate of presidential electors isn't named until after the party conventions, Republican lawmakers could theoretically put off a vote until next fall, Franklin & Marshall College political analyst G. Terry Madonna said."