House committee considers Daley legislation to help secure Michigan elections

LANSING, Mich. — The House Elections and Ethics Committee on Wednesday took testimony on legislation sponsored by state Sen. Kevin Daley that would help protect the integrity of elections in Michigan.

“Our government is based on the notion that people get to choose their elected voices in the capital. People need to have confidence that their elections are being conducted honestly, and that they can trust the results,” said Daley, R-Lum. “With the secretary of state’s recent decision to mail absentee ballot request forms to every name on their lists, we need to increase efforts that ensure our elections are not compromised.”

Senate Bills 977 and 978 would make it a felony for someone to knowingly fill out and submit or cause to be submitted an absent voter ballot application with another person’s name or personal identity information, knowingly fill out and submit or cause to be submitted an absent voter ballot application with the intent to attempt to obtain multiple ballots, or knowingly submit an absent voter ballot application containing false information or a forged signature.

The committee is expected to continue taking testimony on Daley’s legislation in the coming weeks.

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Photo caption: Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, joined state Rep. Ann Bollin, R-Brighton Township, before the House Committee on Elections and Ethics Wednesday afternoon to testify in support of his legislation and identical House bills that would help secure the integrity of Michigan elections.