WASHINGTON — Today, the Michigan Board of Canvassers completed the approval of summary language and petition form for Secure MI Vote’s proposed law, beginning the committee’s circulation process to gather signatures to put the ballot petition before the legislature.
Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action, a national conservative grassroots organization with over 21,000 activists in Michigan, released a statement supporting the committee’s efforts to secure Michigan elections:
“The Secure MI Vote initiative represents a strong proposal that would make it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Michigan. This initiative bars private influence in elections, requires all voters to present an ID to vote, which nearly 80% of Michiganders support, and even sets up a fund to provide a free ID to anyone who needs it. These are easy, common-sense ways to secure elections. Heritage Action is proud to support election integrity efforts in Michigan.”
The petition includes provisions that would:
Require that all voters provide proper identification when voting in person. Voters who fail to provide photo ID will instead be issued provisional ballots.
Require anyone applying for an absentee ballot to provide an official Michigan driver’s license number or personal identification card number, the last four digits of a social security number, a photocopy of such identification, or present proper identification to a clerk in person in order to verify their identity and receive an absentee voter ballot.
Provide free ID to anyone who needs one through a $3 million Voter Access Fund.
Prevent the mass unsolicited mailing of absentee ballot applications.
Prohibit private funding of election officials and government agencies.