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MacDonald’s election integrity bill sent to governor

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald’s legislation to ensure the state’s Qualified Voter File is consistently and continuously updated with current voter information was enrolled by the Senate on Tuesday and now heads to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

“This reform was passed with broad, bipartisan support and is the result of listening to our local clerks about how to improve the integrity of our elections,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “For our democratic republic to work, the people must have confidence that our elections are fair and honest and that the results accurately reflect the will of the voters. This is about restoring that confidence and reducing opportunities for fraud by ensuring our voter lists are regularly updated to remove people who have died.”

Senate Bill 277 would outline the process between county clerks and local clerks to remove deceased voters from the Qualified Voter File. Under the bill, county clerks would be 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 notify the local clerk, who would then complete the cancellation of deceased voters in their township or city.

The county clerk would need 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.