Senate Republicans Introduce Major Election Reform Bill Package
The State Senate introduced a major bill package aimed at reforming how elections are held in Michigan.
“The number one overarching issue is protecting the integrity of our elections,” said Ted Goodman, Communications Director for the Michigan Republican Party.
“The Democrats want it to be easy to vote and more convenient to vote,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, “This really large number of bills are aimed at making it hard to vote in Michigan.”
Those bills, were 39 bills introduced in the Senate by Republicans Wednesday.
“Instead of allowing us to do this and taking these steps,” said Goodman, “They instantly cry foul. They instantly go to their line, ‘this is voter suppression.’”
Many of the bills pertained to security, increasing vigilance and access to absentee ballots.
“There has been no evidence of malfeasance in this election,” said Gilchrist, “There’s been zero evidence of that in Michigan and I want to be really clear about that.”
Beyond security measures, the bills also allow 17 year olds to pre-register to vote and offer free state ID cards for those who can’t afford them. They also would require an ID or proof of residency when applying.
This is something Democrats say is unfair. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson
“Everything we do should be based on protecting the right to vote, and too many of these bills would do the opposite,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
“We don’t want that as an administration,” said Gilchrist, “We’re not going to support legislation that’s going to make it harder to vote.”
You can see the full descriptions of Senate Bills 273-311 with the link.