With a post to Facebook, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi shared the news with his friends that his proposal to change how the state's electoral votes are allocated is out of discussions for now.

That plan, which drew loud protests from Democrats and harsh national media coverage, would dole out the state's 20 electoral votes with 18 going to the presidential winner in each congressional district, and the remaining two to the statewide winner of that contest.

According to a Capitolwire.com article pointing out this proclamation, Pileggi said the controversial proposal will have to be revisited once their more pressing fall issues are completed.

“The proposal to reform the allocation of Pennsylvania's electoral college votes is a significant change with considerable impact. Advancing this legislation will require a concerted and sustained effort involving the Senate, the House and the Governor. At this time, my primary focus is completing our work on legislation regarding education reforms, the Marcellus Shale industry and transportation funding. When those items are finished, we can revisit the electoral college reform legislation, although I do not believe there will be sufficient time to advance it this year.”

The post, as Capitolwire also notes, came hours after Gov. Corbett offered this lukewarm reassertion of his backing: "I see no movement on it. I’m not going to push for movement on it, but I still support it."

(Or translated out of the politician-ese, the rough equivalent of, "Meh.")

Pileggi's spokesman said the measure could still reappear in the spring, though one prominent opponent, Sen. Daylin Leach, said the delay leaves the proposal "essentially dead."

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written by oldgulph, November 22, 2011
Most Pennsylvania and U.S. voters want a national popular vote for President.

A survey of 800 Pennsylvania voters conducted on December 16-17, 2008 showed 78% overall support for a national popular vote for President.
Support was 87% among Democrats, 68% among Republicans, and 76% among independents.
By age, support was 77% among 18-29 year olds, 73% among 30-45 year olds, 81% among 46-65 year olds, and 78% for those older than 65.
By gender, support was 85% among women and 71% among men.

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

When the bill is enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes-- enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 53smilies/cool.gif, all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in closely divided Battleground states: CO - 68%, FL - 78%, IA 75%, MI - 73%, MO - 70%, NH - 69%, NV - 72%, NM-- 76%, NC - 74%, OH - 70%, PA - 78%, VA - 74%, and WI - 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK - 70%, DC - 76%, DE - 75%, ID - 77%, ME - 77%, MT - 72%, NE 74%, NH - 69%, NV - 72%, NM - 76%, OK - 81%, RI - 74%, SD - 71%, UT - 70%, VT - 75%, WV - 81%, and WY - 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR - 80%,, KY- 80%, MS - 77%, MO - 70%, NC - 74%, OK - 81%, SC - 71%, TN - 83%, VA - 74%, and WV - 81%; and in other states polled: CA - 70%, CT - 74%, MA - 73%, MN - 75%, NY - 79%, OR - 76%, and WA - 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions possessing 132 electoral votes-- 49% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.

In Pennsylvania, the National Popular Vote bill has been introduced in both the House (HB 1270) and Senate (SB 1116)


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