Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed bills that would result in a heavy request to apply for several absentee ballots or fill out an application for others without their consent.
The Democrat said voter fraud was a crime, and that legislation backed by the republic would “muddy the waters” and “most likely confuse voters” over what was considered criminal.
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In a letter to lawmakers on Friday, the governor said it was impossible to get a second ballot without spoiling the first, and noted that voters could file multiple ballots due to memory or error.
“Any idea that submitting a second statement of a missing ballot is criminal conduct creates unnecessary confusion and fear around the absentee voting process,”; she wrote. “It’s bad for the voters and bad for our elections.”
The main bill was passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate with bipartisan votes of 77-26 and 32-6, respectively, according to The Associated Press.
Wimter’s veto has drawn harsh criticism from one of the bill’s sponsors, GOP spokeswoman Anne Ballin, who said the legislation would prevent fraud and boost voter confidence in the election amid the “noise” of postal voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Trump has added doubts, raising his own questions about the integrity of mail voting. However, election experts tend to say that all forms of voter fraud are rare.
According to Bolin, the legislation had “nothing to do” with voters filling out several statements or ballots themselves.
“This law could provide a severe punishment for anyone who fills out an application against another person for attempting to commit fraud,” she said. “It’s not voter intimidation – it’s voter protection.”
According to a poll included in the average of “Real Clear Politics”, voters in the hesitant state are inclined to former Vice President Joe Biden. The Democrat leads Trump by more than 7 percentage points.
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The president won the state of Michigan in 2016 after Hillary Clinton decided to miss the state of “Rusty Belt” during the campaign.
Hoping to avoid the same fate, both Trump and Biden visited Michigan several times during the campaign.