A split Michigan Senate passed electoral laws Thursday that would restrict access to the state’s voter record, prevent voting machines from connecting to the Internet, and require election challengers to receive training.
The law was supported by a majority of Republicans and opposed by all but one Democrat. Action will go to Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer once the House of Representatives approves changes.
The bills that block external groups from accessing the voter database and prohibit the connection of electronic polls or voting systems to the Internet would codify existing practice.
“It’s a good idea to take this bill and adopt best practice and put it into law so it can’t be changed,” said Senator Ruth Johnson, a Holly Republican and former Secretary of State, of the internet connectivity legislation .
Democrats expressed concern that the vote on the bill would confirm the lies about the 2020 presidential election. For example, a GOP-led Senate committee found no evidence that voting tabs were connected to the internet while counting letters in Detroit, debunking claims made by some Republican electoral challengers.
“We shouldn’t be passing bills in this chamber on things that don’t already exist because everything that does upholds and upholds a dangerous lie,” said Senator Mallory McMorrow, a Democrat from Royal Oak.
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