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State House Republicans say they’ll go forward with plan to split electoral votes

At the Republican National Convention.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

State House Republican leaders say they have no plans to scrap discussions about splitting Michigan’s Electoral College votes between congressional districts.         

Both Governor Rick Snyder and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville have said they’re not on board with the idea. Snyder says it would be better to consider changes closer to the next census, when congressional lines are re-drawn.

But House Speaker Jase Bolger said there’s no reason to wait that long.

“This should not be a conversation about party. This certainly should not be a conversation – and is not, at this point – a conversation about who might win, because we don’t know who the candidates are. So this is the time to have that conversation, when a presidential election is not ongoing,” he said.

Right now Michigan is a winner-take-all state. Lawmakers have not yet introduced a bill to change that.

The plan came up last year, but never won enough support to pass.

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