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Michigan lawmakers listen to testimony on proposed election reform bills

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan House Committee on Elections and Ethics listened to testimony Tuesday, May 25 on several election reform bills.  One bill – HB 4876 – would require election inspectors to sign an affidavit indicating their party affiliation.  The Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks said they oppose the bill fearing it would create unnecessary confusion on Election Day.

“There are a lot of balls in the air on election morning and to try to have to figure out whether or not you have an affidavit for the worker in the appropriate precinct that they end up with seems pretty unnecessary, said Mark Clark.

Supporters of the bill say it’s necessary to ensure integrity at polling precincts.

“I can tell you why we keep having these things happen,” said Articia Bomer who said she supports the bill.  “It’s because no affidavits are filled out stating party affiliation.  That’s why we need this,” she said.

Democratic lawmakers have accused Republicans of pushing for new legislation based on misinformation about the security of Michigan’s election.