Michigan’s embattled Governor vetoed a piece of legislation that would make it a felony to attempt to apply for multiple absentee ballots, or fill out an application for others without prior consent.
According to the Associate Press:
“Any suggestion that the filing of a second absentee ballot application is criminal behavior creates needless confusion and fearmongering around the absentee voting process,” wrote Whitmer. “It is bad for voters and bad for our elections.”
One of the bill’s sponsors, State Representative Ann Bollin, criticized Whitmer over the veto, arguing both bills were designed to deter fraud, while enhancing confidence as voters battle “noise” regarding mail-in voting.
She continued by saying that this legislation would have created a “felony penalty for someone who fills out an application for another person in an attempt to commit fraud,”
President Trump has issued multiple warnings about voter fraud, and what we can do to protect against it. Legislation is one of those pathways.