Michigan

Send emails to your Michigan legislators asking them to pass the National Popular Vote bill (SB1117 and HB6323)

 

The National Popular Vote bill in the Michigan Senate is sponsored by a bipartisan group of 25 of the 38 Michigan senators, including 15 Republicans and 10 Democrats (SB1117). The sponsors were Senators Dave Hildenbrand, Mike Green, Kenneth Horn, Darwin Booher, Goeff Hansen, Rick Jones, Jim Stamas, Mike Shirkey, Peter MacGregor, Phillip Pavlov, Jim Ananich, Mike Kowall, Steven Bieda, Curtis Hertel, Jack Brandenburg, James Marleau, Wayne Schmidt, David Knezek , Ian Conyers, Rebekah Warren, Morris Hood, Hoon-Yung Hopgood, Vincent Gregory, Coleman Young II, and Judy Emmons. 

On September 6, 2018, the Senate Committee on Elections and Government Reform held a hearing on the National Popular Vote bill (SB1117). 

Senator Dave Hildenbrand (R), main Senate sponsor of the National Popular Vote bill, testifiying before Senate committee on September 6, 2018

Hillsdale College Professor Gary Wolfram testifying before Senate committee on September 6, 2018 in favor of the National Popular Vote bill 

Vermont State Senator Chris Pearson and former ALEC national chair Ray Haynes testifying before Senate committee on September 6, 2018 in favor of the National Popular Vote bill

Pat Rosenstiel testifying before Senate committee on September 6, 2018 in favor of the National Popular Vote bill

On September 5, 2018, the National Popular Vote bill was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives (HB6323) by a bipartisan group of 16 Representatives, including 14 Republicans and two Democrats. The sponsors were Representatives Tim Kelly, Steve Marino, Edward Canfield, Julie Alexander, Jim Lilly, Jason Wentworth, Jason Sheppard, Aaron Miller, Daire Rendon, Joseph Bellino, Tom Cochran, Rob VerHeulen, Eric Leutheuser, David Maturen, Triston Cole, and Vanessa Guerra.

On September 6, 2018, the House Elections and Ethics Committee held a hearing on the National Popular Vote bill (HB6323).  Representative Tim Kelly, main sponsor of HB6323 spoke first and presented the bill to the committee (photo not available). 

Hillsdale College Professor Gary Wolfram testifying before House committee on September 6, 2018 in favor of the National Popular Vote bill 

Vermont State Senator Chris Pearson testifying before House committee on September 6, 2018 in favor of the National Popular Vote bill

Former ALEC national chair and California state Senator Ray Haynes testifying before House committee on September 6, 2018 in favor of the National Popular Vote bill

Pat Rosenstiel testifying before House committee on September 6, 2018 in favor of the National Popular Vote bill

April 28, 2018 editorial in Detroit News entitled "Reconsider How We Elect Presidents."

On December 11, 2008, the Michigan House of Representatives passed the National Popular Vote bill (HB 6610) by a 65-36 margin.

A survey of 800 Michigan voters conducted on December 2-3, 2008 showed 73% overall support for a national popular vote for President.  Support was 73% among independents, 78% among Democrats, and 68% among Republicans.  By age, support was 77% among 18-29 year olds, 67% among 30-45 year olds, 74% among 46-65 year olds, and 75% for those older than 65.  By gender, support was 86% among women and 59% among men.  By race, support was 75% among whites (representing 82% of respondents), 64% among African-Americans (representing 14% of respondents), 64% among Hispanics (representing 2% of respondents), and 69% among Others (representing 2% of respondents).  Based on whether the respondent or someone in the respondent's household is a member of a labor union, support was 77% for union households and 72% for non-union households.  The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 1/2%.