Frankel backing National Popular Vote bill in Pa.

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 16 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, will again co-sponsor the National Popular Vote bill in Pennsylvania. The bill would commit Pennsylvania's presidential electors to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"Americans have the very reasonable expectation that democracy should be simple -- one person, one vote -- whoever gets the most votes should win. My understanding is that we're the only country still using an Electoral College system, and it's time for change. This is larger than any one political party -- there was speculation in 2012 and again this year that the Republican candidate might get the most votes but lose the Electoral College. We don't know who might stand to benefit in the future, which is one reason why this bill has received bipartisan support in the past. Any president governs best with a true mandate," Frankel said.

The bill would have Pennsylvania add its 20 electoral votes to an agreement that already covers 165 electoral votes from 11 states and the District of Columbia. The agreement would take effect once it covers at least 270 electoral votes, the minimum needed to win the presidency.

"Pennsylvania is home to 13 million people. We would still continue to have plenty of influence under this new, fairer process. Candidates would have added incentive to seek out every potential voter, whether urban, suburban or rural. Most people don't even realize they're voting for electors -- who are free to make an independent decision -- rather than directly for the candidate of the voter's choice," Frankel said.

The Electoral College will vote on Monday.

The National Popular Vote bill will be introduced in the House by Rep.-elect Chris Rabb, D-Phila.

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