The battle over how elections are run in Michigan continues.
The G.O.P.-controlled Senate pushed through a bill on Wednesday that would add further I.D. requirements for absentee ballots and prevent government officials from mailing out unsolicited absentee ballot applications.
Republican Senator and former Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, says the added provisions are needed.
“The bills before us today would greatly enhance security and integrity of our elections or providing appropriate safeguards to protect the rights of voters.”
One-point-six million people in Michigan voted absentee in last year’s Presidential election, with no evidence of systemic voter fraud.
Democratic Senator Curtis Hertel wants to know why the G.O.P. is in a rush to pass election legislation.
“When Governor Snyder was elected, no one asked to change those laws. When Donald Trump was elected, no one asked to change those laws. Now only now. When you don't like the results, we say, ‘Oh, I questioned the integrity of this election’.”
Governor Whitmer is expected to veto the bill once it passes the House.
Republicans changed the wording of the bill right before the vote. It mirrors that of the "Secure MI Vote" ballot initiative being pushed by conservatives. If enough signatures are collected, the legislature could bypass Whitmer’s veto.