Whitmer vetoes election bills Michigan claims to restore faith in GOP elections


Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed two Republican-backed election bills, arguing she “failed to advance” safe elections.

“How do we provide safe and secure elections in our state if the governor does not agree that we must make sure that the dead people are not on our voters list?” One sponsor of the bills, Republicans State Sen. Michael MacDonald, Said in a statement following Whitmer’s veto on Friday.

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The administrative process was revised to remove dead people from the voter list, and the election would have to be checked repeatedly over a period of 45 days.

The bill was approved with bipartisan support by the state Senate and House, and some clerks said the change would be welcomed.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byram told the Detroit Free Press he testified in favor of the change and said Friday he still supports the concept but has not discussed the veto with Whitmer.

“I believe the governor is aware and aware that the election has made the election a political issue,” said Byram, a former Democratic state legislator.

Whitmer argued that the measure included “burdensome requirements that deviate from the responsibilities of major electoral administrations.”

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Wittmer wrote in the letter, “Every citizen of Michigan has a constitutional right to vote and is entitled to exercise that right in a safe and secure election.” Explaining his vetoes on Friday. “Registered Senate bills 277 and 280 are just the latest in a series of election bills that come to my desk. It fails to meet those goals.”

“Instead, these bills divert important resources from ensuring that every qualified Michigan resident can cast a safe ballot in our election.”

The other veto bill requires the State Electoral Board to pass the signature of the initiative application within 100 days of submission. It must make a decision no later than 100 days before the current election, in which the proposal will appear on the ballot.

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The Detroit Free Press reports that Whitmer gave no specific reason to veto SB280. It was ratified in the State House and Senate in the House of Commons. However, the Michigan Department of State opposed the bill because it did not provide additional funding for the initiative.

The sponsor of the bill, State Sen.

“The bill was necessary because it took the Secretary of State Benson’s office six to nine months to process the last two civic initiatives. … It would expose people who are trying to exercise their rights under the Constitution to propose changes to our law.”

Whitmer had earlier this year vowed to veto another Republican-backed electoral bills, He says, “is an attempt to create barriers for people who simply vote.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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