With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House Judiciary Committee yesterday approved a plan by Rep. Bryan Posthumus to help restore confidence in Michigan elections by bolstering the authority for election challengers and more comprehensive training for election workers.
“Michigan law allows political parties and other organizations to designate individuals to challenge voters who may not be properly registered, but the law does not standardize training throughout the state,” said Rep. Posthumus. “Training takes place in some instances, but it is not uniform across parties or organizations. Regardless of what side of the aisle you fall on, we should all want to provide poll challengers and poll workers the knowledge necessary to effectively carryout their duties without having their legitimacy called into question.”
HB 4528 requires the Michigan Secretary of State to establish a comprehensive training program for county clerks, political parties and other organizations wishing to designate challengers. Required training would include thoroughly demonstrating where the authority of the challengers begins and ends. Under the plan, challengers must complete training within 90 days of the election in order to serve in the role. Once training is completed, challengers will be provided the knowledge and credentials necessary to establish their legitimacy within the process.
“Restoring confidence in our elections is a bipartisan issue. Over the past twenty years, both parties have questioned the results of elections – most notably in 2000 and 2016 when a majority of Democrats questioned the Presidential election, and in 2020 when the majority of Republicans did,” said Rep. Posthumus. “This legislation provides a solution to properly train officials so they fully understand the rights and obligations of their functions, protecting our elections in the process.”
After the 2020 November election, challengers and election inspectors made claims that proper procedures were not being followed. Many challengers alleged their challenges were ignored, and they were not allowed proper access to observe and challenge the procedures that may or may not have been followed correctly.
State Rep. Bryan Posthumus (R-Kent County) joined the Michigan Legislature in approving a bipartisan budget that supports key public services, such as schools, law enforcement, and roads, while paying down debt.
State Rep. Bryan Posthumus (R-Kent County) helped approved a comprehensive House plan to improve the state’s child welfare system. The plan includes several measures instituting critical changes to correct areas where the adoption and foster care system is falling short.
Rep. Posthumus talks about legislation that he will introduce in the next few weeks that will provide for professional licensure reciprocity between Michigan and other states. Rep. Posthumus says eliminating some of the red tape involved with transferring credentials will make it easier for professionals to move to Michigan.