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House Dems roll out election bills; offer contrast to GOP proposals

Election workers in Cobb County, Ga., begin a hand recount of ballots Friday in the presidential election.
Election workers in Cobb County, Ga., begin a hand recount of ballots Friday in the presidential election.

State House Democrats rolled out an agenda on Wednesday to make voting easier, especially for voters who want to vote by absentee ballot.

The House Democratic package stands in contrast to more restrictive Republican plans, such as requiring voters to present an I.D.

Representative Karen Whitsett is a Democrat on the House Elections and Ethics Committee. She said the goal should be to make ballots more accessible.

“Because there is no way in the United States of America, we should be making voting harder and not easier.”

But Democrats will have to get GOP support to get their bills out of the Legislature and onto Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk. And Republicans can’t unilaterally adopt their proposals without a guaranteed veto by Whitmer.

So that will require some deal-making to change voting laws.