Effort Under Way to Re-Work Pennsylvania Electoral Votes
Meanwhile, did you have any idea there’s a “National Popular Vote” effort going on, right now, that’d change the way presidential elections are conducted? There is (!) and Pennsylvania has joined the party.
According to legislation introduced by Republican Rep. Tom C. Creighton of Lancaster County, the bill’s being called the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote Act. It’s bipartisan and the concept has been gaining steam ever since Vice-President Al Gore lost to George W. Bush in the 2000 election and won the popular vote.
According to the legislation – HB 1270 – Pennsylvania, and any other state that signs onto such a bill, would give all its electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. So far, six states and the District of Columbia have floated such laws. Creighton wrote an op/ed last month about the bill, saying it “will help build and strengthen the national consensus behind our President and our Constitution and our Republic. It’s a states’ rights approach that in a society that is becoming increasingly fragmented and polarized that it is more important than ever that we count every vote as equal and that every vote is counted.”
He believes this bill would encourage everyone to vote, including those in “flyover states” and would subtract on the idea that any president is “ours” or “theirs” – as in, the red or blue states. It’d also get pundits who go on TV and tell us only three states (or four) actually matter in the next election, to STFU.
Check out nationalpopularvote.com for more information on the nationwide effort.