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House elections considers election security bills

Joseph A.

Michigan legislation to ban guns from polling locations and ballot counting centers got a hearing today before a state House committee.

Democratic Representative Stephanie Young says her bill is for election workers who felt threatened during recent election cycles.

“I believe that it is our job as legislators to do something about making certain people are safe and feel safe.” said Young.

But Brady Schickinger of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners says the bills should make an exception for licensed concealed carry.

“We agree with the general intent of the bill. Everyone should feel safe while voting but we can protect polling sites without a conflict with responsible gun ownership.”

Another piece of the legislation would make threatening an election official a five year felony.