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Benson, Nessel ask Legislature for resources to protect election officials

Election workers process mail ballots for the midterm elections in Philadelphia on Nov. 8, 2022.
Matt Rourke
Election workers on Nov. 8, 2022.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel want tougher laws to help protect Michigan elections from meddling and threats

The two officials made the request in testimony this week before the state House Elections Committee. Nessel said threats against election officials and poll workers are threats against democracy and should be automatic felonies.

“We need good people to serve in those positions and we’re not going to have good people serving in those positions if they are subject to threats against themselves or threats against their family members. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”

Nessel also said the Legislature should ban firearms at polling places. The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled the state’s open-carry gun law allows people to bring firearms into voting areas.

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