State leaders question plan to divide Michigan’s electoral votes

Jan 29, 2013

Two top Republicans in Lansing say they’re not on board with a plan to split Michigan’s Electoral College votes.

Lawmakers have been expecting a bill that would divide the state’s electoral votes by congressional district.

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said that would make the state less important in presidential elections.

“At this point in time, I’m still sticking to my guns. I think the bigger package of votes for the winner brings more attention to the state and keeps us united. So I haven’t been convinced otherwise yet,” Richardville said.

Governor Rick Snyder said on Bloomberg TV Tuesday that the measure should not be considered before the next census—when the state re-draws congressional district lines.

Supporters of the plan say it would attract more attention from presidential campaigns, because some parts of the state would become more competitive.