Michigan House & Senate Introduce National Popular Vote Legislation

Could Michigan become the next state to join a movement that would change the way we elect our president?

Bi-partisan legislation just introduced the state house and senate would add Michigan to the states already in on the National Popular Vote Movement.

The house passed a bill to join back in 2008 but the senate never took it up.

The goal of National Popular Vote is on the surface, simple; get enough states, who’s electoral votes total 270, the number needed to win the presidency, to come together in agreement to award their electoral votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote. Patrick Rosenstiel is a senior consultant for National Popular Vote.

“Article 2 section 1 leaves it to the states to determine how they’re going to award electors, national popular vote is simply an alternative to awarding electors,” said Rosenstiel.

Here is where things stand with states getting on board. So far, 11 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to sign on, for a total of 172 electoral votes. If Michigan jumps in that brings the electoral vote total to 188, Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Carolina also have legislation introduced which if passed would push National Popular Vote to the brink of reality.

“In 2016, 96% of the campaign occurred in just 12 states, what does that mean? That means 38 states were totally ignored, and is that a right way to elect the leader of the free world,” said Rosenstiel.

John Roth is chair of the Grand Traverse County Republican Party, and says they’re strongly opposed to this idea.

“It’s going to be very small areas that will dictate it and more liberal, definitely more liberal democratic areas are going to predict who will win the presidency,” said Roth.

Chair of the Grand Traverse County Democrats Chris Cracchiolo says he sees an upside to Michigan getting involved.

“On the surface it would get more attention to the state of Michigan, we’d get more candidate visits, more candidate visits mean more money for the economy,” said Cracchiolo.

Both the senate and the house version of the bill are currently in committee.