LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, issued the following statement on Tuesday in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoing his legislation to protect the integrity of Michigan elections in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic:
“I was very surprised to see the governor veto legislation that would have given Michiganders confidence in the security of their votes as we approach this unusual election.
“Earlier this year, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced she would be mailing absentee ballot applications to each of the state’s registered voters. Many have voiced their concern about the increased likelihood of fraud in the upcoming election.
“My bill would have made it a felony to knowingly submit another person’s name or personal identity information on a ballot application or attempt to obtain multiple ballots. This would have hindered criminal activity by making people think twice about trying to cheat the system.
“Voting is the foundation of our system of government and people need to have confidence in the results. Election security is not a partisan issue. This is something we should have been able to work together and agree on.
“This bill passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, protecting election security should be a no-brainer. It’s very disappointing that even when it comes to discouraging fraud, playing politics has to come first.”