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Michigan's national popular vote proposal would give large cities veto power over big cities

Michigan's national popular vote proposal would give large cities veto power over big cities

Notice: This post has been updated to include a comment from the Yes on National Popular Vote committee.

In a letter opposing putting Michigans 15 electoral votes to whoever wins the national popular vote in presidential elections, dozens of Republican legislators argue that awarding Michigan's electoral vote to the candidate winning the popular election would be disastrous.

Last week, fifty-seven members of the Michigan House and Senate, including Republican leadership in each chamber, signed a joint letter to express opposition to the National Popular Vote initiative.

Read more: If the ballot initiative succeeds, the winner of Michigans electoral college votes would be the national popular vote.

While supporters of the initiative claim the change would empower every voter in every state, Republicans in the letter stated that Michigans president choice must be determined by Michiganders.

The so-called National Popular Vote proposal would permanently disable any voter in the state, forcing Michigan to vote presidential elector voters for whoever wins the national popular vote even if the voters of Michigan overwhelmingly chose someone else, lawmakers wrote in a letter. Its a horrible idea and one that should remain on the scrapheap of American history, he added.

Sollte the Yes on National Popular Vote initiative succeed, Michigans 15 electoral votes would be allocated to the presidential candidate who won the nation s majority if enough states representing at least 270 electoral voters consent to participate.

Under the current system, the candidate with a majority of 538 total electoral votes wins the presidency, even if the other candidate takes the popular vote nationally. Even if Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, President Donald Trump won majority of electoral votes in 2016.

15 states and the District of Columbia have passed similar nationwide popular vote legislation.

The effort is headed by former Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis and former Mich Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer. Both states believe relating the countrys electoral votes to the popular vote would give each state the opportunity to be relevant during the election cycle.

In September, Anuzis said, The practical issue is, we basically elect the president of the battleground states of America. Thats not good for the process, and thatd be the opposite of the reason the Electoral College was created, he added.

Anuzis called the proposal "an American idea" supported by Democrats, Republicans, and Independents for its concept of "one person, one vote," in a statement released by the Yes on National Popular Vote committee.

As a proud Republican, Im confident that our ideas can prevail and Republicans can win elections under 'a National Popular Vote model,' Anuzis stated in oath. Every vote in every election counts, and every voter, Republican or Democrat, would have their vote counted towards their preferred candidate for president.

Michigan Freedom Fund executive director Tori Sachs commended lawmakers for signing the letter, saying the Lansing-based conservative group is proud to see so many members of the state Legislature standing up to ensure Michigan voters retain their voice in presidential elections.

The National Popular Vote is a campaign by liberals in California and New York to eliminate and silence Michigan voters. Michiganders not voters in other parts of the country must determine the candidate who will win the Michigan primary.

Sachs noted that more than 7.2 million voters in New York City and Los Angeles are well above Michigans statewide record-breaking 5.5 million votes.

The letter, which is spearheaded by state Rep. Matt Hall, R-Marshall, and Sen. Aric Nesbitt,R-Lawton, asserts that the proposal would give larger states more power.

This proposal would give big cities on the East and West Coast veto power over voters in Michigan. It would give them veto power over your vote, your childrens votes, and your grandchildren's voting, the legislators added.

If the National Popular Vote petition does not receive enough valid signatures from the Republican-led state Legislature, it may be put on the ballot for a statewide vote.

The petition must go through the Michigan Board of Canvassers approval process before the committee can begin collecting signatures.

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