Election safety bills set for a Tuesday hearing
Intimidating a Michigan poll worker could potentially become a five-year felony under a bill package scheduled for a House committee hearing this week
Michigan Department of State spokesperson Jake Rollow says the legislation is in response to increased reports of harassment in recent elections.
“We want the message to be very clear to anyone out there that you cannot do that. There’s no place for that sort of activity in our democracy.”
But some lawmakers, like Republican Representative Ann Bollin, question the need for new laws.
“We already have penalties on the books and why don’t we try to enforce the current laws surrounding our elections instead of going down another path here.”
The package would also ban guns from polling locations, though critics say many are already gun-free zones.