LANSING, MI – The Michigan Senate approved bills that increase the penalty for ballot harvesting and fraudulently filling out absentee ballot applications to a felony.
Senate bills 977 and 978 would make filling out an application to receive multiple ballots, providing false statements on the application or forging a signature a felony punishment leading to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. They were sponsored by Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lapeer.
“Our government is based on the notion that people get to choose their elected voices in the capital,” Republican state Sen. Kevin Daley, a sponsor of the bills, said. “People need to have confidence that their elections are being conducted honestly, and that they can trust the results.”
Michigan is sending out a mail-in ballot application to all registered voters for the Nov. 3 election. By the end of September, more than 2.5 million voters – 32% overall — had already requested a ballot in the state.