Whitmer vetoes bill that would make it a felony to apply for multiple absentee ballots

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed bills targeting voter fraud which would make it a felony to apply for multiple absentee ballots or fill out an application for others without their consent.

Whitmer justified her veto by saying “Any suggestion that the filing of a second absentee ballot application is criminal behavior creates needless confusion and fearmongering around the absentee voting process.”

She added “It is bad for voters and bad for our elections.”

According to the AP, the main bill was passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate with bipartisan support and votes of 77-26 and 32-6.

One of the bills’ sponsors, GOP Rep. Ann Bollin, blasted Whitmer for the move.

“This legislation would have created a felony penalty for someone who fills out an application for another person in an attempt to commit fraud,” Bollin said.

“That’s not voter intimidation – it’s voter protection,” she added.