By: John Semmens
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich) vetoed legislation that would require the removal of dead people from the voter rolls at least 45 days prior to each election day.
State Sen. Michael MacDonald (R) said “if we want people to have faith in our elections we need to take steps to reduce opportunities for fraud. One of these steps is to remove the names of deceased persons from the voting rolls. How do we provide safe and secure elections in our state if the governor can’t even agree that we should be ensuring dead people aren’t on our voting rolls?”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer countered that “the Republicans don’t understand that faith is belief without having to have proof or evidence. We have no proof there is a heaven, but people of faith believe they will go there when they die. Ideally, this is the kind of faith we need to have in our democracy. We need to believe our elections are legitimate without demanding evidence that they are. It is not the doubting Thomases that we should rely on, but the true believers. This is the only way we can have unity in our state and country.”