IM Elections Take Another Step Towards Integrity Through Secure IM
Many people in Michigan are concerned about the integrity of our electoral process in Michigan. There were a lot of questionable things that happened during the very long voting period according to those who were responsible for overseeing the count.
Yesterday we got a little closer to re-establishing some integrity in our electoral process, but we still have 340,047 signatures in 180 days before we can implement a little more integrity into our system.
The Michigan Solicitors Council yesterday approved the wording of the Secure MI petition. The Secure MI group said the following in a press release:
We thank the Council of Solicitors for giving final approval to our petition form, following last week’s unanimous bipartisan approval of the 100-word summary for this critical election security initiative. With the approval of the petition form, we are ready to begin collecting the signatures required to ensure that our initiative becomes law. Volunteers across Michigan are excited to jump in and restore election integrity to our state
The Secure MI petition would do 4 things:
- Require photo ID so voters can vote in person, which we currently have in place. Absent voters would also need to submit their driver’s license number, personal identification number and the last four digits of their social security number.
- provide free photo ID to anyone wishing to vote who does not have photo ID
- Anyone without a photo ID at polling stations would be required to vote provisionally, then return within six days to verify their identity so that their vote is counted. Currently, voters must either present identification or sign an affidavit stating that they do not have identification to vote in person on polling day. While people without ID can simply fill out an affidavit attesting to their identity rather than showing proof to get a regular ballot, this ID provision is really just a desire and not a wish. need.
- Prohibit legal persons from financing the administration of elections and prohibit election officials from sending postal ballots without a specific request from a voter.
The more we can secure our elections, the more confidence we will all have in our elections.