Legislation ensures qualified voter file is kept up to date
Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Julie Calley to protect the integrity of elections in Michigan was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder today.
Calley’s legislation, Public Act 126 of 2018, requires the Secretary of State to keep the list of people who are registered and qualified to vote in Michigan up to date by checking it against U.S. Social Security Administration’s death records. It also requires continued participation in a multi-state program through which information is shared about the current address and registration status of voters.
“Election integrity and security are vital concerns,” said Calley, of Portland. “We must do everything we can to ensure them that our qualified voter file is being held to the highest standard possible. When someone passes away or moves to another state, it’s important to update our voter rolls promptly to eliminate the possibility of voter fraud.”
While the Secretary of State already utilized these resources to update the qualified voter file, Calley said it was not required law. This law ensures the practice continues in the future.
In addition to Calley’s bill, Snyder also signed into law two other bills clarifying current practices of the Secretary of State. Public Act 127 of 2018, sponsored by Rep. Tom Barrett, spells out the procedure by which absentee voters can change their mind and spoil their absentee ballot. Public Act 129 of 2018, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller, clarifies the current list of acceptable forms of identification for election purposes.
“Establishing these current practices as law ensures the Secretary of State and local election officials are all on the same page, and provides residents with confidence in the database of qualified voters,” said Calley, who serves as vice chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee.