State Rep. Andrew Fink, of Adams Township, issued the following statement opposing the National Popular Vote Compact and Michigan’s participation in it:
“Those pushing for the National Popular Vote Compact in Michigan seek to eliminate a vital part of our constitutional system. The Electoral College was designed with many advantages that would be erased by a national popular vote.”
“Currently, a presidential candidate cannot win an election unless they receive over 50% of the electoral votes, which requires a candidate to appeal to people in a variety of states. Under a national popular vote, a candidate would only need to receive more votes than any other candidate, turning our presidential election into a national first-past-the-post system, which would allow a candidate who is unpopular throughout much of the country to win simply by appealing to voters in large media markets.”
“Our system of presidential elections guarantees every American the opportunity to be heard and represented in presidential politics regardless of their home state. Presidential candidates have to appeal to voters in each state to win their electors. The electoral college system requires candidates to focus on the issues concerning rural and working-class inland voters just as much as those concerning the cosmopolitan elites living in massive coastal population centers. The policy interests of each are widely different, but equally important. The Electoral College ensures all Americans are heard by the presidential candidates.
“This compact was crafted to circumvent our constitutional system. Committing to cast all of Michigan’s electoral votes for the presidential candidate with the most popular votes, even if that candidate loses our state’s election, is nonsensical and harmful to all Michigan citizens. Entering the compact would subvert our Constitution and undermine the will of voters both in Michigan and across the nation.”
The Michigan House today unanimously approved a plan from State Reps. Steve Johnson and Andrew Fink to make legislative agencies, state employees and officials more accountable and transparent to the people they serve.