GOP bills would embolden challengers and create election chaos, voting rights advocates say
Voting rights advocates are voicing deep concerns about a series of election bills authored by Michigan Republicans. These bills would substantially increase the number of partisan election challengers allowed to observe elections, as well as eliminate the presence of non-partisan challengers. Poll watchers would also be permitted to take pictures and video-recordings inside of polling locations and counting rooms. Additionally, election monitors would be welcome to challenge voter identifications. Chris Thomas, a former Michigan director of elections, has said, “They are terrible bills… and really are written to satisfy one party’s faction.”
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