Saturday, October 23, 2021

Michigan election security proposal advances with strong voter support

lansing, Mich.—On Monday, the state board of canvassers approved language petitions for the citizens’ initiative that supporters say will help stamp out electoral fraud in this crucial swing-state.

This initiative requires all voters to present a valid Michigan driver’s license, passport or state ID card when voting in person. A signed affidavit of a person who does not have a photo ID will no longer suffice.

It also prohibits mass mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications to government entities, and prohibits funding of any part of the election process by non-governmental entities.

“We are delighted that the petition campaign is up and running,” said Jamie Roe, spokesperson for SecureMiVote, the grassroots organization that filed the language.

Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer has repeatedly vowed to veto any bill that she believes would restrict Michigan residents’ right to vote.

But the SecureMIVote proposal is not a bill, nor does it originate in the state legislature. It is a voter-initiated law.

That means, if the petition campaign receives more than 340,000 valid signatures within six months under Michigan law, the Republican-controlled state legislature can vote to accept the motion as the people will and It will become the law, or they can keep it. On the ballot as a referendum at the next general election.

A recent opinion poll by the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce showed that 79.7 percent of 600 Michigan registered voters surveyed support requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote.

“Either way,” Rowe said, “Michigan law says that our proposal will not be subject to a veto by the governor.”

Just hours after Canvas’ board announced its decision to approve the language of the SecureMIVote initiative, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, Democrat of Michigan, issued a scathing statement calling on the people of Michigan to oppose the plan to the governor’s office. which he termed as “anti-democratic and anti-democratic”. -American.”

“Every voter in Michigan… should be outraged and outraged by this fraudulent attempt to change the rules because some people didn’t like the results of the 2020 election,” Gilchrist said.

“This is a dishonest effort that is wrong for Michigan. Its purpose is to make voting difficult…”

In response, Roe told The Epoch Times, “Democrats just want to keep options for voter fraud open.”

Prior to an election, photo ID cards would be provided at state expense to any eligible Michigan resident under the proposed plan.

Under the proposal, if a person turns up to vote without a photo ID, the current option to sign the affidavit, under penalty of perjury, which he says he is, will be abolished.

Instead, the person will be given a provisional ballot, which will be counted only if the person returns with a valid photo ID within six days of the election.

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In the 2020 presidential election, 11,400 people had signed such affidavits.

Keeping in mind that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Michigan in 2016 by just 10,704 votes, Roe and her fellow reformers are taking a zero-tolerance approach to any possibility of electoral fraud.

The proposal would also strengthen Michigan’s current voter ID requirements, which Roe calls a “subjective process” of election workers matching the signature on returned absentee ballot envelopes with the voter’s signature on file with election officials.

The new plan will require all absentee voters to write their Michigan driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number along with their signature on their sealed ballot sleeve.

The name and number will not be added to the ballot paper, which will remain secret.

“Due to the pandemic, in 2020, the state government sent absentee ballot applications to the address of each name in the registered voter list. Many applications went to people who had not lived at that address for years, or who had died,” Roe said.

Political parties or other advocacy groups may continue to mail unsolicited absentee ballot applications under the new plan.

Roe said the proposal’s provision to prevent election officials from accepting external aid, including contributions in cash or in kind, for any aspect of conducting the election is critical to preserving the American system.

“Conducting and administering elections is inherently a government function. No outside organization should fund our elections.

A week before the November 3 election in 2020, two foundations affiliated with the National Basketball Association jointly donated $10,000 to help the city install absentee ballot drop boxes in Flint, Michigan, a heavily Democrat.

More than 470 Michigan municipalities received grants in 2020 from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a non-profit organization generously funded by other foundations and corporations, including tech giants Facebook and Google. A large portion of the so-called “COVID-19 relief” grants helped pay local governments for election-related expenses in both Democrat and Republican areas of Michigan.

Roe said he expected vigorous opposition to his group’s petition campaign, which is largely financed by out-of-state money.

“Some organizations in opposition to us are openly telling media outlets that they will be out to disrupt our signature collectors because they work in our collection booths,” he said.

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Steven Kovac is the Epoch Times reporter covering the state of Michigan. He is a former small businessman, local elected official and conservative political activist. He is an ordained minister of Scripture. Steven and his wife of 32 years have two grown daughters.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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