Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Taking it to the streets
Taking it to the streets BY KAREN SHUEY, Staff Writer
A progressive advocacy group will hit the streets of the 13th Legislative District today to ask residents to pressure their senator to oppose a plan that would change how the state's electoral votes are distributed.
Members of People For the American Way will canvass the district of Republican state Sen. Lloyd Smucker.
The proposal -- introduced by GOP Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi of Chester County -- would award electoral votes based on the percentage of the popular vote won, with two votes to the statewide winner. It would replace the current winner-take-all system.
The West Lampeter Township lawmaker is chairman of the Senate State Government Committee -- the committee the bill has been sent to.
Jodi Hirsh, Pennsylvania coordinator for People For the American Way, said the plan would dilute the power of Pennsylvanian voters in presidential elections.
"Pennsylvanians see this election-rigging plan for what it is: a cynical attempt to undermine Pennsylvania voters in the hopes of short-term partisan gain," Hirsh said in a press release.
Justin Quinn, a spokesman for Smucker, said the senator has reviewed the bill and currently has no plans to put it up for a vote in committee.
"In this current climate, the senator really sees no reason to put this up for vote," Quinn said.
nFoes of proposed Electoral College changes to go door to door seeking support.