LANSING, MI – The Michigan Freedom Fund condemned Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s actions for increasing the risk of voter fraud interfering in Michigan’s elections in a year when her name is on the ballot. On Friday night, Whitmer vetoed SB 302, a bipartisan bill which would have added a statement to voter registration applications reminding voters that it is a felony to vote more than once in an election. Then, Whitmer issued an executive directive directing state agencies to “boost” voter registration by distributing vote-by-mail applications.

“It’s disgraceful that months before voters will decide if Whitmer gets to keep her job she is directing state agencies to use taxpayer-funded resources to register voters by distributing vote by mail applications,” said Tori Sachs, executive director of The Michigan Freedom Fund. “Just days ago, Whitmer vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have added a statement to voter registration applications stating it’s a felony to vote more than once. Instead of using government resources to aide her re-election campaign, Governor Whitmer should be making it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

During the 2020 elections, Jocelyn Benson used the pandemic to justify distributing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter in the state, including deceased voters in the qualified voter file. The Court of Claims rebuked Benson for instructing clerks to presume the accuracy of absentee ballot signatures. Governor Whitmer has been criticized for rejecting common sense election reforms, including bills to expand the number of polling locations and requiring training for poll workers.

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