Whitmer Vetoes Bills to Expand Voting, Prevent Internet Access to Poll Books During Elections
Political Vetoes will Make it Harder to Vote, Easier to Cheat
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan voters will have a harder time casting their ballots following vetoes by Governor Gretchen Whitmer late yesterday of bipartisan election reforms designed to expand the number of polling locations, to prevent 3rd party groups from accessing the state’s Qualified Voter File, and to prevent voting machines from being connected to the Internet on Election Day.
Whitmer vetoed bills protecting the voter file and blocking Internet access that would have put existing Bureau of Elections policies into the law, reinforcing best practices – not crafting new policy.
She also vetoed a bill that would have allowed the establishment of polling locations at senior housing facilities, apartment complexes, and other locations to make it easier for Michigan residents to cast their votes.
“Gretchen Whitmer vetoed common sense bills that would have made it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” said Tori Sachs, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund. “She blocked reforms that would have helped senior citizens cast their ballots, and legislation that would have protected both the state’s voter file and voters’ ballots on Election Day. Whitmer’s vetoes are a chilling attack on election integrity in Michigan.”