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Mich. State Rep.: 'Flyover State' Needs Electoral Vote Change

By    |   Friday, 14 Nov 2014 03:37 PM

A state legislator's plan to alter the way Michigan awards its electoral college votes in presidential elections from a winner-take-all system to a proportional allocation has stirred up liberal fears that the GOP plans to rig the electoral college.

Rep. Pete Lund, a Republican from Shelby Township, has authored legislation which would switch the allocation of Michigan's electoral votes because, he told The Washington Post, it would make Michgan's vote more important in presidential elections.

“Michigan is a flyover state for presidential elections," Lund said in a statement, the Post reported. "Candidates running for president currently don’t feel the need to come to Michigan in order to win.”

Lund's bill, H.R. 5974, The Detroit Free Press explained, would allow nine of the state's 16 electoral votes to go to the candidate who wins the popular vote, and grant an extra electoral vote for every 1.5 percent of the popular vote above the 50 percent vote level. It still would be possible for a candidate to get all 16 votes but it virtually would take a landslide.

For example, President Barack Obama won all 16 Michigan electoral votes in 2012 but, under Lund's system, Obama would have won 12 and Mitt Romney would have won four, Michigan Live reported.

"What this does is, it says, 'If you want to do well in Michigan, you've got to actually come here and talk about our issues, and if you don't and the other guy does, then you're going to lose electors.'

"They're been ignoring us all along, but at least, if they ignore us now, they do it at their own peril," Lund said in a statement on his website.

Democrats, noting the unchallenged government control Republicans gained in several states in the midterm elections, believe the GOP may take the opportunity to "rig" the electoral college, state by state.

Michigan House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, a Democrat, told Michigan Live: "We still have grave concerns about it. Going to that system in states that tend to go Democratic, like Michigan, and not doing so in states that tend to vote Republican, obviously rigs the overall national system in favor of Republicans."

Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said he would favor waiting until after the next census to discuss electoral college changes.

"The theory is something that can have merit, but not in the timeframe we’re talking. I view it as something, if you want to talk out 2020 or later, then it might have more merit," he told Michigan Live.

Salon even ran an article under the headline, "Rig the vote! The right resurrects a shady plan to skew 2016 in the GOP’s favor."

All but two states — Maine and Nebraska — award electoral votes on a winner-take-all basis, the Free Press reports.

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