Republicans sound the alarm when Michigan Dems change key election law: ‘Voters should be outraged’

Outrage is brewing over the Democrat-dominated Michigan House and Senate changing election laws in a way that Republicans say is risky.

“Senate Bills 603 and 604 would, among other changes, eliminate the board of canvasser’s investigative powers, instead requiring the board to refer any allegations of fraud to the relevant county prosecutor, rather than conducting a recount,” according to The Center Square.

“Only alleged errors could merit a recount, and only when the alleged errors could potentially change election results,” the reporting continues.

The Michigan House originally passed the bill last Thursday. Then the Michigan Senate passed it this Tuesday, prompting massive outrage.

The problem, Republicans say, is right now recalls are permitted based on allegations of fraud/error alone, but with the bill enshrined in law, allegations of fraud will officially be too little to merit a recall.

“Somehow, Democrats got it into their heads that if they all click their heels and chant, ‘there’s no place like home,’ the world would just fill with rainbows and sunshine, and all crime will magically disappear,” state Rep. Greg Markkanen said in a statement.

“That’s not how things work in the real world. Passing a law crippling checks and balances of our election system only further deepens public distrust. The world is full of bad people who may do bad things, including defraud our elections. Our system must be robust and equipped with all the tools necessary to uncover and investigate all discrepancies,” he added.

State Rep. Rachelle Smit, the Republican vice chair of the Michigan House Elections Committee, agreed.

“Under current law, vote recounts may be done based on allegations of fraud or mistake, but the legislation voted on today not only removes fraud as a reason for a recount but also states that recount petitions may only allege an error and requires petitions to be based on the notion that the election results would have been different without that error,” she said.

According to The Center Square, however, the Campaign Legal Center testified in support of the bill.

“SB 603 will make important clarifications and changes to the current recount process to help prevent potential abuses of the system, and to ensure that recounts are conducted only in situations where discrepancies could potentially change the outcome,” the center said. “SB 603 will protect the recount process from being used for partisan purposes.”

The Center is a notably left-wing organization:

Meanwhile, a press release from Markkanen notes that Republicans have for a while now been raising concerns about certain lacking election processes that are ripe for “potential fraud.”

“This includes having no system to prevent someone from voting in multiple states,” the press release reads. “In fact, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson failed to remove 170,000 names of people who no longer lived in the state from the voter rolls, only finally doing so after she was sued.”

Benson is a Democrat, of course.

“Under Benson’s leadership, Michigan boasts more registered voters than people over the age of 18, putting the state’s voter registration rate at 102.8%,” the press release notes.

This is obviously a problem — Republicans have been shrieking about for ages, only to be ignored by Democrats. At the moment, Benson is reportedly facing a lawsuit from the Republican National Committee alleging that her refusal to maintain accurate voter rolls is a violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

“If Secretary Benson is going to continue to boast a 102% success rate, I think she should consider coaching the Tigers or Pistons. I’d love to see how she manages to win more games than the teams are scheduled to play,” Markkanen said in a statement.

“The Democrats are trying to manufacture a world where they get to celebrate whatever facts they make up for the day while they remove our ability to question anything. Elections aren’t made secure just because someone says so; election security happens when we take the time to scrutinize results and consider all possible problems, whether it be human error or criminal fraud,” he added.

Vivek Saxena

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