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LaSata disappointed in Whitmer veto of bipartisan election reform

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata on Wednesday issued the following statement regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of sensible, bipartisan election reform:

“While this legislation was good enough for Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of the Legislature, the measure was unfortunately vetoed by the governor.

“Voting is a treasured right and a duty we share as Americans, and it’s critically important that elections are conducted responsibly, and that people have full faith in the results.

Senate Bill 302 was the result of conversations with concerned local clerks and a nonpartisan state audit that outlined glaring concerns and liabilities with the way elections in Michigan are conducted — concerns that our secretary of state has routinely ignored.

“My legislation received widespread support from both the Michigan associations for county and municipal clerks — the ones who actually do the job of conducting our elections.

“The bill would have required adding a statement to the voter registration form requiring an applicant to acknowledge they are aware that it is a felony to offer to vote or attempt to vote more than once in the same election in the same or another voting precinct. In other words, it simply helped make individuals aware of current law and let potential criminals know there would be consequences for their actions.

“The priority was addressing concerns raised by clerks across the state. This legislation in no way shape or form would have prevented or hindered someone from voting.”