Thursday, October 21, 2021

Governor Whitmer opposes GOP election bills

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed several GOP voting bills on Sunday, saying it aims to stifle the right to vote. Republicans who support the bills insist that the law would have protected electoral integrity.

Republicans say the bill will aim to strengthen training on Election Day, protect machines from being hacked, and create more polling places.

“This is the latest example of Gretchen Whitmer’s politics getting in the way of truly governing,” Eric Ventimiglia, executive director of Michigan Rising Action, said in a statement. “This veto shows that Whitmer is more concerned with politics than the people she represents. If this package had four Democrats to sponsor, she would hold a press conference calling it an achievement in voter rights.

Tory Sachs, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund, concurred with Ventimiglia.

“Gretchen Whitmer vetoed common sense bills, making it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” Sachs said in a statement. “She blocked reforms that helped senior citizens cast their ballots, and laws that would have protected both the state’s voter file and voter ballots on Election Day. Whitmer’s veto is a chilling attack on electoral integrity in Michigan.” .

The Michigan Bureau of Elections released its report on 250 post-election audits conducted across the state, confirming the accuracy and integrity of Michigan’s November 2020 election. Officials also conducted a statewide audit exercise by hand-counting the votes cast for president on more than 18,000 randomly selected ballots across the state, which confirmed the outcome of the presidential election. And judges appointed by both Republicans and Democrats dismissed more than 60 lawsuits challenging the result.

Whitmer’s veto letter said House Bill (HB) 4492 would have complex polling places in senior living facilities and large apartment complexes. The letter states that HB 4837 misinterprets that third parties have access to the Qualified Voter’s File (QVF), while HB 4838 claims that every election premises or absentee voter (AVF) is connected to an internet connection after the election opens. ) Electronic Poll Book on the Counting Board is banned. on election day and until the result for that range is tabulated and transmitted to the appropriate clerk.

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Some people, including former Sen. Patrick Kolbeck, have claimed that electronic poll books were connected to the Internet in some areas of Michigan in the 2020 presidential election. Whitmer says no such flaw exists and the bills address a non-existent problem.

Whitmer vetoed HB 4528 regarding electoral challenger training. She said it deserved further consideration, but that it was a funded mandate.

“I will always defend our civil rights and stand up for our democracy, which countless Americans have fought to protect,” Whitmer said in a statement. “That’s why I vetoed legislation that would have perpetuated the ‘Big Lie’ or made it harder for the people of Michigan to vote. Right now, Michigan Republicans are participating in a coordinated, national assault on voting rights that Our election system is designed to undermine trust and systematically deprive black voters, communities of color, older voters, and college students. This deception, which is so damaging to our democracy, can be denied by any I will have no role in the effort.”

by Scott McClain

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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