Seth Grove pushing for changes to Electoral College system for PA

Seth Grove

State Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, is pushing to change the Electoral College system for Pennsylvania.

“I believe that the Congressional District Method will increase voter turnout and encourage candidates to campaign in all states rather than just those that are competitive.  Most importantly, this method of selecting presidential electors will give a stronger voice to voters in all regions of our great Commonwealth,” reads a co-sponsorship memo from Grove and state Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery County.

Under the planned legislation, one elector would be awarded to the winner of each congressional district and the remaining two electors would be granted to the winner of the statewide popular vote.

The full memo, after the jump:

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 19, 2012 03:32 PM
From: Representative Robert Godshall and Rep. Seth Grove
To: All House members
Subject: Reallocate Presidential Electors Based on Congressional Districts

As you know, the Electoral College is the institution that officially elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years. Electors are chosen by each state and the District of Columbia. The number of electors in each State is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the State is entitled. Currently, the total number of electors is 538. Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution specifies the number of electors to which each state is entitled and state legislatures decide how they are chosen.

In nearly all states, except Maine and Nebraska, electors are awarded on a winner-take-all basis to the candidate who wins the most votes in that state. Although no elector is required by law to honor a pledge, in the overwhelming majority of cases each elector votes as pledged.

Maine and Nebraska both use an alternative method of distributing their electoral votes, known as the Congressional District Method.  In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation to implement the Congressional District Method in Pennsylvania.  Under this legislation, one elector will be awarded to the winner of the plurality in each congressional district and the remaining two electors will be granted to the winner of the statewide popular vote.

I believe that the Congressional District Method will increase voter turnout and encourage candidates to campaign in all states rather than just those that are competitive.  Most importantly, this method of selecting presidential electors will give a stronger voice to voters in all regions of our great Commonwealth.

 

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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