Gov. Whitmer vetoes pair of Republican-backed election integrity bills

Michigan was only one of many states in the 2020 election that triggered waves of controversy by many who believe that the state experienced ballot and voter fraud at a scale that required legislative corrections.

According to Fox News, Michigan state Republicans did, in fact, attempt to correct voting issues to make future elections more secure, however, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) quickly put the kaibosh on the legislation once it hit her desk, saying the pair of bills would “divert key resources away” from Michigan voters.

The governor defended her decision to veto the two bills in a statement on Friday.

“Every citizen of Michigan has the constitutionally-guaranteed right to vote and deserves to exercise that right in safe and secure elections,” Whitmer wrote. “Enrolled Senate Bills 277 and 280 are the latest in a series of election bills arriving on my desk that fail to advance those goals.”

Republican state Sen. Michael MacDonald (MI), a sponsor of one of the bills, slammed the governor for the veto actions, adding that as a result, there will always be concerns about the integrity of future elections in the key swing state.

“How do we provide safe and secure elections in our state if the governor can’t even agree that we should be ensuring dead people aren’t on our voting rolls?” MacDonald asked.

A sponsor of another related bill, state Sen. Ruth Johnson (MI), also criticized the governor’s quick veto action.

“This bill was necessary because Secretary of State Benson’s office has taken six to nine months to process the last two citizen initiatives. … It disenfranchises people who are trying to exercise their rights under the Constitution to propose changes in our laws,” Johnson said.

At this point, it appears that the only governors worried about potential mass voter and ballot fraud are members of the Republican Party.