The state Legislature reconvenes this week after a two-week Spring break and a state House panel is expected to take testimony on a package of bills to amend Michigan’s election laws.
In his State of the State address earlier this year Governor Rick Snyder called for more and better reporting of state lawmakers campaign finances. But the package of bills before the state House Redistricting and Elections Committee does little to address campaign finance disclosure, instead focusing on voter fraud.
The bills would require voters who want an absentee ballot to present a photo ID, or to sign an affidavit and have their ballot challenged by the state. Michigan’s Secretary of State Ruth Johnson called for tougher laws to prevent voter fraud last fall.