Sen. MacDonald introduces bills that aim to improve election integrity, transparency and confidence

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Wednesday introduced a pair of election reform measures as part of a 39-bill package to ensure election access and integrity in Michigan.

“Being able to vote for our leaders is at the foundation of our country, and we owe it to the Michigan people to improve integrity, transparency and public confidence in our democratic process,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The public’s trust is critical. This package is designed to make it easier for people to vote and ensure our elections are conducted fairly and honestly — so that citizens can trust that their votes are protected and that the results accurately reflect the will of the people.”

Senate Bills 273-311 cover a wide variety of issues dealing with processes before, during and after an election, such as requiring training of poll challengers, allowing 16-year-olds to preregister to vote when getting their first driver’s license, ensuring audits are bipartisan and open to the public, making it easier for active duty military members to securely vote while overseas and requiring early voting to be available on the second Saturday before Election Day.

MacDonald sponsored two bills in the package. SB 277 would outline the process between county clerks and local clerks to remove deceased voters from the Qualified Voter File, and SB 278 would establish a chain of custody for absentee voter ballots picked up from drop boxes.

“My bills are the result of listening to our local clerks about how we protect the integrity of our elections,” MacDonald said. “My reforms would allow county clerks to flag possible voters who have died but will leave the final determination with the local clerk, and also improve the security of absentee ballots after voters leave them in a drop box.”

The bills have been referred to the Senate Elections Committee for consideration.

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