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Gov. Whitmer signs election bills

Gretchen Whitmer
Gov. Whimter's office
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A bi-partisan elections package has received the governor’s signature

The legislation gives some local clerks two days before the election to do some pre-processing of absentee ballots.

It also requires absentee ballot drop boxes be bolted to the ground or another stationary object and be under video monitoring.

During a floor speech ahead of voting on the package last month, Republican state Representative Ann Bollin said it will help restore confidence in elections.

“I’m glad the partisan policies have finally been set aside. These are all commonsense measures that are all broadly supported. They should’ve been signed into law two years ago.”

Critics say the legislation doesn’t truly give local clerks enough power to efficiently pre-process ballots.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has said it’s not clear whether these changes will be enough to enable results to be known on election night.

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