State Rep. Greg Markkanen, Republican Vice Chair of the House Committee on Elections, today opposed a self-serving political stunt by Democrats who want to move Michigan’s presidential primary elections up to February starting in 2024.
“Moving our state’s presidential primary does nothing to benefit voters or help local clerks,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “In fact, this will lead to a logistical nightmare for clerks.”
Senate Bill 13 would move Michigan’s presidential primary from the second Tuesday in March to February 27, 2024, and to the fourth Tuesday in February in each presidential election year after 2024. The change could disenfranchise roughly half the voters in Michigan, and is being driven by Democrats in a shameless attempt to gain an advantage for the governor and her presidential aspirations.
Markkanen said the following: “As a result of the change, roughly half of Michigan voters would be penalized. Due to rules that cannot be changed, the Michigan Republican Party would lose the majority of the delegates to the national convention. Instead of the 72 delegates the state had at the 2020 Republican National Convention, the number of delegates representing the voices of Michigan’s Republican voters at the national level would fall to 13 in 2024.
“We hear from Democrats about working together to solve problems for families, but this one-sided measure shows where their true priorities lie. Instead of helping students catch up in school or expanding access to mental health services in the U.P., they’re hurrying a bill through the legislative process that only serves their own political ambitions.
“This is bad policy that will only hurt Michiganders and local clerks, while providing the governor a leg up on her competition.”
“Pvt. Karna served his country bravely in its time of greatest need,” Markkanen said. “As a fellow veteran, I’m honored to introduce a bill to memorialize his service and sacrifice in the Painsedale and South Range communities.”
“The governor’s new Good Jobs 2.0 proposal has a lot in common with Hollywood’s recent obsession with remaking classic movies; the only difference being, unlike many of the movies, the original Good Jobs program was terrible too,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Michigan doesn’t need to lure coastal corporations into our state so we can have more big fancy ribbon cutting events. We need a real economic development strategy to support our struggling small businesses across Michigan.”
“There are so many Yoopers with Finnish heritage, making celebrating Finnish history all the more important in the Upper Peninsula,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Saunas are essential to Finnish culture. Finns of all generations enjoy traditional saunas for cleansing and as a vital source of relaxation and socializing.”
“The U.P. depends on reliable mail service just like any urban area would,” said Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock. “It sure feels like, on a good day, the U.P. is merely forgotten. On days like today, we get targeted. If I had to choose, ignoring us would be preferable. It isn’t broke, please leave it alone. The federal government promises that only five non-management employees will be laid off, however, others may be required to transfer. Losing more of our jobs and citizens is not what the Upper Peninsula and the state of Michigan need right now.”