Zorn sponsors bills in Senate election reform package

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday introduced a pair of election reform measures as part of a comprehensive package to ensure election access and integrity in Michigan.

“Protecting the integrity of our elections is critical to the future of our system of government,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “These reforms are focused on improving our elections so that everyone has the right to have their voice heard and the people have confidence that the election was fair and accurate. I am pleased to be a part of this comprehensive effort to preserving our democracy, and I look forward to working together to enact smart and effective solutions that will make it easier to vote, improve the security of our ballots and restore the public’s trust.”

Senate Bills 273-311 cover a wide variety of issues dealing with processes before, during and after an election, such as restricting the unsolicited mass mailing of absentee ballot applications, requiring signature verification, establishing a chain of custody for absentee ballots, ensuring audits are bipartisan and open to the public, improving the management of the state’s Qualified Voter File, and making it easier for active duty military members to securely vote while overseas.

Zorn sponsored two bills. SB 299 would allow clerks to submit official results by noon the day after the election, and SB 305 would ban the name or likeness of the secretary of state, county clerk or local clerk from appearing on materials promoting election activities.

The bills have been referred to the Senate Elections Committee for consideration.