State Rep. Joseph Fox recently voted against dangerous plans that risk the security and integrity of Michigan’s elections.
House Bills 4695-4702 are being promoted by House Democrats as legislation that carries out early in-person voting approved by Michigan voters through Proposal 2 of 2022. However, multiple bills in the package go beyond the will of the voters – changing absent voter ballot registration parameters, watering down signature verification requirements that help curtail fraud and eliminating other security measures.
“This is not what Michigan voters signed off on in November,” said Fox, of Fremont. “This is a blatant effort by Lansing Democrats to impose their own agenda into Michigan’s election laws.”
- Make for unequal voting access: The Democrat plans would authorize state and local officials to send unsolicited absentee applications to the voters of their choice — enabling partisan actors to prioritize their own supporters. The bills would also let clerks unequally extend early voting beyond the nine days required under the Constitution — creating further disparities in voting access.
- Weaken election security: The Democrat plan would change a bipartisan law that requires security camera monitoring of absentee ballot drop boxes. The change means drop boxes in some areas may no longer be monitored. The bills would also decrease signature verification standards and make it more difficult to reject fraudulent ballots.
- Create confusion regarding post-election voting: The bills would allow people to register to vote and cast a ballot even after polls close on election day. The proposal comes on top of a law passed earlier this year to count overseas ballots received after election day even without a postmark verifying that the ballot was submitted on time.
Despite Fox’s no vote, the plans now move to the Senate for consideration.
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