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Kauffman Supports Legislation that Would Ensure the President Wins by Popular Vote

State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) is supporting legislation that would ensure the presidential candidate who gets the most votes becomes president of the United States, unlike the present system, which designates a winning presidential candidate based on Electoral College votes. 

“It has actually happened four times in our country’s history, that a president was elected who did not receive the majority of the votes,” said Kauffman. “I believe that each individual citizen’s vote should count equally and only the person who receives the most votes nationwide should be designated president of the United States.” 

Kauffman said currently votes are not counted equally in all states, and that because states with more electoral votes can sway an election, this may discourage people in states with fewer electoral votes from voting. 

House Bill 1270, known as the National Popular Vote Plan, would mandate Pennsylvania to enter an interstate compact with other states to cast all Electoral College ballots in favor of the candidate who receives the most popular votes nationwide. 

Kauffman said seven states, along with the District of Columbia, have already approved the legislation and 43 other states are working toward passage of the plan. 

House Bill 1270 does not do away with the Electoral College nor does it require a constitutional amendment since states have the ability to award electoral votes in any manner they choose.  

The legislation has bipartisan support in the House and has been referred to the House State Government Committee. 

State Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Tricia Lehman

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