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House approves Rep. Fink plan ensuring absent voter applications are not sent to deceased citizens
RELEASE|April 28, 2021
Contact: Andrew Fink

Reform allows county clerks to remove deceased voters from voter file

The Michigan House of Representatives has approved a Rep. Andrew Fink measure that would require Michigan county clerks to remove deceased individuals from the state’s qualified voter file.

The qualified voter file (QVF) is the official file of all eligible voters in the state of Michigan. Outdated information in the QVF caused problems in 2020 when the Secretary of State mailed absent voter applications to all voters in the file and numerous households reported receiving applications for people who have been deceased for years.  The bill would require clerks to check the death records daily in the weeks leading up to an election.

“This is a straightforward approach to eliminating voter fraud in Michigan, and I’m glad to see it receive strong support from the House,” Fink said. “Our county clerks already keep record of death certificates and can immediately remove those individuals from the voter file when new ones are issued, keeping the voter rolls accurate and up to date.”

House Bill 4491 advances to the Senate for further consideration.

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