On Friday Gretchen Whitmer issued a veto against Senate Bill 977 and House Bill 5881 which would make it a felony for any voter to knowingly commit various forms of voter fraud. By striking down the legislation, the Democrat Governor grants safe passage for those who willingly commit voter fraud with full knowledge. The text of the law requires knowledge of the criminal act which should satisfy the democratic party’s desire to protect those who accidentally vote more than once.
Mail in voting has been a fiery debate in the state of Michigan. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sent out multiple rounds of absentee ballot applications. Immediately reports came flooding in regarding risk of fraud as ballot applications came to prior residents, non-citizens, and even deceased voters who were still on the voting rolls. The Secretary of State has also warned that she will not be submitting election results for as long as two weeks after election day.
A recent State Supreme Court Decision struck down the Governor’s plan to hold up election results while late ballots poured in. The court ruling requires ballots to be received by election day and scuttles the Governor’s plot to delay results. The state is in the midst of a mandated lockdown and the public has been open to adapting to new circumstances. However, the legislation has a carve out for accidental double voting or honest mistakes. The text of the bills is isolated to those who knowingly commit voter fraud and intentionally cheat the system.
To veto a bill that’s so clearly integral to election integrity indicates a partisan bias. The embattled Governor is already facing recall efforts and has recently lost a couple of high profile State Supreme Court cases. The Unlock Michigan campaign quickly surpassed its requirement for 400,000 signatures and officially submitted the petition to Michigan’s Congress for review.