A ballot drive to tighten Michigan voting laws and require voter IDs will not end up on the November ballot, petition leaders announced Wednesday. Instead, circulators will aim for action by the state legislature after finding thousands of fraudulent signatures among its stacks of petitions.
Secure MI Vote says it gathered over 435,000 signatures – more than the 340,047 required – and those don’t include around 20,000 that the committee’s “quality control” process believes were fraudulent. But instead of submitting to the Secretary of State by Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline, organizers decided to keep collecting and build a larger cushion.
As Secure MI Vote delays, Michigan’s leading voting rights organization – Voters Not Politicians – called Wednesday a good day for the voters of the state.
“The Secure MI Vote campaign is a package of voter suppression bills disguised as a citizen initiative,” executive director Nancy Wang said, “and their use of dishonest tactics to mislead voters into signing the petition has been unconscionable.”
This story was originally published by MLive. Read more here: https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2022/06/michigan-voter-id-campaign-finds-fraud-delays-submitting-petitions-for-november-ballot.html