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House elections considers election security bills

Today a Michigan House committee heard testimony over a bill package to make intimidating or keeping an election worker from doing their job a felony.

The committee heard from election officials and advocates who spoke about people showing up outside of homes or workplaces with threats in recent years.

But opponents like Cynthia Richardson of the group Pure Integrity for Michigan Elections argue the bill would define intimidating an official too broadly.

"We absolutely cannot start making people felons if someone says their feelings were hurt or they feel threatened. This is exactly what House Bill 4129 would allow. Intimidation is already illegal. Courts have ruled on that. But this bill goes too far."

The package would also make it illegal to bring a gun within 100-feet of a polling or absentee ballot counting location.

The legislation has not yet advanced to the full House floor.

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