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Bill to change how Michigan divvies up electoral votes back in the Lansing mix

Mar 6, 2015

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A bill that would change how Michigan allocates its electoral college votes is back in the mix in Lansing.

Republican state representatives Cindy Gamrat, Todd Courser, Thomas Hooker, and Gary Glenn introduced the bill this week.

It proposes that each of the state’s 14 Congressional districts gets one electoral vote — with the two remaining votes going to the statewide winner.

Currently, nine of those 14 districts lean Republican.

Right now, whichever presidential candidate wins the overall vote in Michigan claims all the state’s 16 electoral college votes.

A similar bill was introduced in last year’s lame duck legislative session, but never came up for a vote.

Democrats slammed the idea then, calling it a blatant scheme to squeeze Republican votes out of a state that has voted for Democrats in every Presidential election since 1988.

None of the bill's co-sponsors could be reached for comment late Friday. The legislation has been referred to the House committee on elections.