Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature is again debating prospective election law changes that could benefit a second-place finisher in the state, which has gone Democratic since 1992. The Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on Thursday took testimony on proposals that would divide Michigan’s Electoral College votes, but chairman Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, told reporters that he does not expect any changes for the 2016 election cycle. “The perception has been that clearly there must be a desire on the part of Republicans… to move away from winner-take-all and others saying ‘no, no we shouldn’t,'” Robertson said. “I can assure you there is no uniformity of opinion on the Republican side.”
Michigan, like all but two other states, awards all of its Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate that wins the statewide popular vote, and it is those electors who actually pick the president.
Reform advocates say the winner-take-all approach can marginalize millions of voters who back a runner-up or a third-party candidate, and it fails to recognize diverse views in various parts of the state.