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Lawmakers consider bills on absentee ballot fraud


Bills to punish anyone who tries to use other people’s personal information to get and return absentee ballots are under discussion at the state Capitol.

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving many Michiganders to take advantage of state laws giving more access to absentee ballots.  The August primary saw a record number of absentee ballots cast.

Republican State Representative Ann Bollin says additional penalties are needed to deter potential “shenanigans”.

“It’s another tool in the toolbox to insure voter confidence,” said Bollin.

But time is short before the general election. 

It’s not clear whether the legislature will enact any of the bills in time for November’s vote.