Government
8:00 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Electoral Reform Might Be Stalling

The Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader is backing off a proposal that threatened to upset how Pennsylvania's electoral votes are allocated. Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester County) has signaled that his electoral reform proposal can wait until after the Legislature passes other top-priority bills.

When the plan to allocate the state's electoral votes by congressional district rather than on a winner-take-all basis was first introduced, it hit a nerve with Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation. Some in the delegation expressed concern that the change could cause their own elections to be more hotly contested.

Governor Corbett, however, said that he likes the idea of dismantling the state's system.

"I still support the bill. I believe it is a fair representation to the people of Pennsylvania and to all the states across our states," said Corbett. "I see no movement on it. I'm not going to push for movement, but I still support it."

Pileggi said in a post on his Facebook page that the reform plan would need widespread support in the legislature, and he wants to first focus on bills related to education, Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction, and transportation infrastructure funding.