Governor Whitmer vetoes election bills
Michigan’s governor recently vetoed some Republican-backed legislation to update the state’s voter rolls.
The bills would have required voters who have either missing birth information or been long inactive to verify their information or lose registration status.
Michigan Secretary of State spokesperson Tracy Wimmer says the agency worked with lawmakers on earlier versions.
“Legislative leaders then took them behind closed doors and rewrote them in ways that would burden clerks and voters and ultimately prevent those bills from accomplishing their original purpose. So, because of those feelings, we ended up opposing them.”
Republicans say the changes required voters to prove their info through documentation.
The bills came after a state audit found a need for better procedures over the state's qualified voter file.