Pennsylvania Republicans’ Electoral College Plan

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            Dr. Jack Nagel
            Professor of Political Science

            University of Pennsylvania



·      Dr. Nagel’s research focuses on elections, political participation and voting theory, specializing in electoral systems.

·      He is author of many papers, including articles in the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics and elsewhere and the forthcoming “The Probability of Disputable Outcomes Under Direct and Indirect Elections, with Applications to the Electoral College”


            A proposal by Republican legislative leaders to switch the method of choosing Pennsylvania's presidential electors from winner-take-all to the district plan used by Maine and Nebraska is a superficially ‘fair’ idea that actually would work even worse than the present system -- and there is a realistic alternative available that could move the U.S. to direct elections without a constitutional amendment.”