Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) vetoed two relatively modest Election reform bills on Friday. One vetoed bill, “Senate Bill (SB) 280 aimed to require the Board of State Canvassers to consummate the canvass of an initiative petition within 100 days after the petition was filed with the Secretary of State (SOS).”
The second vetoed bill, “SB 277 aimed to require county clerks to update the eligible voter file (QVF) to abrogate the registration of deceased electors in their counties at least monthly.”
Lead bill sponsor Sen. Michael MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, said the veto was especially frustrating given its support by local Election officials.
“How do we provide safe and secure elections in our state if the governor can’t even agree that we should be ensuring dead people aren’t on our voting rolls?” MacDonald said in a statement.
The likelihood that either veto will be overriden is virtually nil, since it requires the vote of two-thirds of the members of each house of the Michigan State Legislature to override the governor’s veto.
Republicans control both houses of the Michigan State Legislature, but narrowly. Republicans control the House by a 57 to 52 margin, with one vacancy. Republicans withal control the State Senate by a 20 to 16 margin, with two vacancies.
At least one of the vetoed bills was introduced in prior sessions, afore the 2020 election, verbally expressed Rep. Ann “Bollin,” the Brighton Township Republican who chairs the House Elections and Ethics Committee. All of the bills were betokened to expand and invigorate access to the voting booth, Bollin verbally expressed. . .Earlier in the week, three Michigan denizens were charged by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel with “crimes cognate to endeavored voter fraud in the 2020 general election.”
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey upbraided the governor’s veto, inculpating her of playing politics after she spent months alleging Republicans were playing politics with the elections. “It should not be overlooked that these were sound, bipartisan bills that would have amended our elections, pristine and simple,” verbalized Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “The woeful authenticity is that when the governor has to lead, rather than obnubilate behind executive orders and mandates, there is no substance.”
Two charges cognate to endeavored absentee ballot vote harvesting at nursing homes, and one involved a single instance of falsifying a signature on an absentee ballot. In one case, an employee of a nursing home, dropped off “roughly two dozen absentee voter applications” for processing with the Centerline Clerk in Macomb County, who “said the application signatures didn’t match voter signatures in the Qualified Voter File (QVF).” That employee “is charged with six felonies in Macomb County’s 37th District Court.”
In a second instance of endeavored vote harvesting, a 55-year old woman:
…planned to control absentee ballots for legally incapacitated persons under her care by fraudulently submitting 26 absentee ballot applications to nine identified city and township clerks. Williams sought to have absentee ballots for those individuals mailed directly to her. She also submitted separate voter registration applications for each person – all without knowledge, consent, or understanding of the person under her care. . .[She] is charged with 14 misdemeanors and 28 felonies across five courts.
The third person charged with a malefaction was a 59-year old grandmother from Detroit, Carless Clark, who allegedly forged her grandson’s signature on an absentee ballot, which she mailed in and then was counted. Her grandson additionally voted in person on Election day, so this was a case of double voting.
The Michigan State Legislature is still in session and Republicans perpetuate to work on their agenda of passing more than three dozen Election reform bills, six of which have now been passed by the state legislature and vetoed by Gov. Whitmer.
Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.
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