The Michigan Senate voted in favor of legislation that would strengthen the punishments for some voting fraud crimes.
Under the legislation that passed on Wednesday, providing false statements on the application or forging a signature on a ballot would be a felony crime. The Michigan Senate also voted to outlaw “ballot harvesting” by making it a felony crime to fill out an application to receive multiple ballots. The legislation was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Kevin Daley who acknowledged that the bill received bipartisan support in a vote of 32-6.
“I think the strong support shows that both Republicans and Democrats can agree that securing our elections is important,” Daley told MLive. “It’s amazing what we can do when we work together. We should all be able to trust the outcome of elections — win or lose.”
Currently, providing false information on an absentee ballot is a misdemeanor crime punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and 93 days in jail. The new punishment, if the legislation becomes law, will be a felony crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000.
The House already passed the two pieces of legislation with bipartisan support on Sept. 24, meaning that they only require a signature from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to become law.
Author: Madison Dibble
Source: Washington Examiner: Michigan Senate votes to upgrade punishment for voter fraud crimes