State Rep. Dave Prestin is condemning the National Popular Vote (NPV) and its inherent measures that would disenfranchise voters in Michigan.
“There is a nationwide push to centralize the U.S. into recognizing a national popular vote process that undermines our state and our nation’s Republic,” said Prestin, of Cedar River. “This is nothing short of tyranny. The proposed National Popular Vote would only marginalize Michigan voters, diminishing their voice on the national stage. Under this anti-constitutional legislation, Michigan voters would lose control of their electors in a presidential election by joining a compact with other states.”
While proponents of NPV legislation claim this only strengthens and solidifies the electoral college, it actually dismembers it. It also neutralizes any last remnants of the constitutional Republican values in the system that gives each state control over their proportional contribution to the electoral college, according to Prestin. For instance, if ‘Candidate A’ took 95% of the vote in Michigan, and ‘Candidate B’ only took 5%, but won the national popular vote in the rest of the country, ‘Candidate B’ would technically win the state – despite only having the support of 5% of Michigan voters.
“We must ensure Michigan continues along the path of the constitutional republic our founders fought for,” Prestin said. “It’s our duty as legislators to preserve the American way of life for the sake of our children, grandchildren, and all future generations in Michigan. Your vote matters, and is worth fighting for. I will never surrender your rights as a voter to the coastal elites of New York and California.”
“A tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac is the optimal solution to safeguard the Great Lakes while ensuring vital energy products are continuously provided to residents in Upper and Lower Michigan, as well as communities nationwide,” wrote Prestin, R-Cedar River. “Propane plays an indispensable role in sustaining rural communities, which often lack the energy and sewer infrastructure present in more urbanized areas.”
“I voted no today because the speaker reneged on a promise he made last fall to pass bipartisan legislation in exchange for votes. The agreement happened, handshakes were made, and he has yet to fulfill his end of the bargain. The political games have to end. We are more than willing to work in a bipartisan fashion if Democrats end their blockade and agree to work collaboratively with us on the issues that matter most.”
“Seeing the bipartisan support behind our plan really emphasized the importance of backing EMTs and paramedics as they face critical staffing shortages across the board,” said Prestin, R-Cedar River. “Having served as a first responder for over a decade, I know the devasting impact that staffing shortages can have on medical first responders. Adequate medical resources are nearly non-existent around the state, especially in the Upper Peninsula. Our plan would begin addressing the issue by allowing EMTs and paramedics to continue training as they begin working and obtaining valuable on the job experience that will really benefit them as they work towards their full licensure.”