Electoral vote reform -- an idea whose time has come

Tim DunkinRenew America

It has often been noted that you can gauge the merit of a proposal by the amount of fire and brimstone that is generated against it by the Democrats and others on the Left. If the Left doesn't like it, then it must be a good idea. So it is with a proposed change to the way Pennsylvania allocates its electoral votes put forward by State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester). Under Pileggi's proposal, Pennsylvania would adopt a proportional allocation system in which its electoral votes based on the number of Representatives in the federal Congress would be apportioned according to the popular vote received by the candidates for the presidency in the state's elections, with the two remaining electoral votes (based on the state's two Senate seats) going to the overall winner. Under such a plan, Obama — who only won the state by 5% — would have received 12 EVs to Romney's eight, reducing a disparity of 20 EVs down to one of only four. As you can imagine, the Democrats and other left-wingers are spitting nails about the proposal, accusing the Republicans of "sour grapes" and of trying to "rig" the Electoral College. They are doubly incensed because Republicans in other large Rust Belt states (like Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin) where the GOP always competes but just can't quite seem to get over the finish line) have been considering similar proposals — and have the control over the state governments to be able to do it. Read More: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/dunkin/121212