LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald expressed his frustration with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after she vetoed legislation on Friday that would have ensured the state’s Qualified Voter File is consistently and continuously updated with current voter information.
“It is frustrating that the governor prefers to play partisan games rather than protect the integrity of our elections — even when the reform is supported by election experts and members of her own party,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The governor vetoed a bill that was designed to help ensure dead people are efficiently removed from the voter lists. It was passed with broad, bipartisan support and was the product of listening to our county and municipal clerks — who supported this change to update the current process.
“How do we provide safe and secure elections in our state if the governor can’t even agree that we should be ensuring dead people aren’t on our voting rolls?”
Senate Bill 277 would have outlined the process between county clerks and local clerks to remove deceased voters from the Qualified Voter File. Under the bill, county clerks would have been required to update the QVF at least once a month to cancel the registrations of voters in the county who have died. After each update, the secretary of state would have had to notify the local clerk, who would then would have completed the cancellation of deceased voters in their township or city.
The county clerk would have needed to update the QVF weekly beginning 45 days prior to an election and every day for the last 15 days before the election.
MacDonald’s bill was approved by the Senate in June on a vote of 31-4 and by the House on Sept. 30 by a vote of 80-25.