Rabb to introduce National Popular Vote bill in Pa.
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 15 – State Rep.-elect Chris Rabb, D-Phila., plans to introduce the National Popular Vote bill in Pennsylvania after he is sworn in Jan. 3. 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.
"This is not retroactive to the 2016 election – this is forward-looking, nonpartisan and could benefit a candidate of either party. Until the Electoral College is abolished, the National Popular Vote agreement is a fair and equitable way to have the will of the people expressed in participatory democracy, rather than an outdated, arcane intermediary. Most people haven't even realized they're voting for electors rather than a presidential candidate directly," Rabb 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.
"Throughout the 240 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed here in Philadelphia, we've made other improvements to the founders' designs, and moving to a national popular vote system is another important way to do that," said Rabb, who is a descendant of Declaration of Independence signer Philip Livingston.
"The founders of our country only envisioned white male land owners voting, leaving out women, African Americans -- most of whom were enslaved -- and the majority of white men, who did not own property. The founders did not take into account the inclusion and social equity that are so important to our society today. We've come a long way, but we have a lot further to go. Joining the National Popular Vote compact would be an important step in making every vote count and restoring citizen confidence in our democracy – and states don't even have to wait for Congress to act."
Rabb represents the 200th Legislative District in northwest Philadelphia.