LANSING – Republican organizers of veto-proof legislation that would make it harder to vote took procedural steps Thursday when Michigan’s board of elections approved a 100-word summary that will appear above the petition to vote.
Once the State Solicitors Council also approves the petition form, likely on Monday, Secure MI Vote will begin collecting signatures shortly thereafter, spokesman Jamie Roe said.
The group needs around 340,000 valid voters’ signatures over six months and has made it clear they want the GOP-controlled legislature to enact the bill in 2022 rather than let it go to the poll. Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer was unable to veto.
The initiative would require that potential absent voters provide a copy of their photo ID with the application or include their driver’s license number, state ID number or the last four digits of their security number. social. Those currently looking for a postal ballot must sign the application, and the signature is matched to the elector’s record.
The measure would strengthen the requirement for voters to submit photo ID by eliminating the ability for those who do not have one to sign an affidavit and vote anyway. Instead, they – and absent voters who do not attach their credentials – would get a provisional ballot and would have to verify their identity within six days of the election for it to count.
The legislation initiated would require the last four digits of a social security number to register to vote. The secretary of state and local clerks would be prohibited from sending absence requests to people who have not requested them. The initiative would also specify the minimum time that clerks must accept postal ballots for in-person or drop-box delivery, ban the use of private donations to administer elections, and create a $ 3 million fund. dollars to waive low-income identification fees.
The funding protects the measure from a subsequent referendum.
The canvassers blessed the 100-word summary after making changes to incorporate comments from Democrats and voting rights advocates who oppose the petition and urge voters not to sign it. The summary had already been extensively edited by Jonathan Brater, director of the state election office.
“The reforms here give confidence in the conduct of elections as well as in our democratic system,” said Charlie Spies, lawyer for Secure MI Vote.
âIt’s not about protecting the vote or increasing turnout. This is to make it much more difficult to vote for absentees, âsaid Mary Ellen Gurewitz, lawyer for the Michigan Democratic Party. âHe is even trying to make it more difficult to register on the electoral roll. ”