George Will: Pileggi Electoral College Plan Defies Founders
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
A proposal by PA Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi would end the winner-take-all system for the state’s 20 electoral votes. Instead, votes would be spilt up according to the winner of each congressional district (plus two to the statewide winner).
“Republicans supposedly revere the Constitution, but in its birthplace, Pennsylvania, they are contemplating a subversion of the Framers’ institutional architecture,” Will wrote in a Friday column. “Their ploy — partisanship masquerading as altruism about making presidential elections more ‘democratic’ — will weaken resistance to an even worse change being suggested.”
The plan has drawn nearly universal fire from Democrats (the PA Dems flagged Will’s piece), and mixed reactions from many Republicans. Governor Tom Corbett has said he would sign such legislation.