The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Phil Green’s measure to improve the integrity of Michigan’s elections.
House Bill 4838, part of a three-bill package, would put into state law a practice prohibiting voting machines and electronic pollbooks from being connected to the internet from the time polls open until votes from the precinct are tabulated. The measure is designed to lessen the chances of potential hacking or efforts to change vote counts.
Green, of Millington, said this measure is a step in the right direction to restore public confidence in the state’s election process.
“It’s essential to hold elections we all can trust, which is why I’ve made the security of our elections among my highest priorities,” Green said. “Voting machines should never be connected to the internet until all votes have been counted. This is a common-sense rule that will reduce the possibility of hacking and altering vote counts.”
The other election reform bills approved today are:
- House Bill 4837, which would clarify that election officials are prohibited from allowing outside organizations and advocacy groups access to the qualified voter file. The QVF is the official database for Michigan’s voter registration records.
- House Bill 4840, which would make sure election records are kept for a uniform, consistent period by municipalities across the state. This would include a requirement that ballots be kept for 22 months related to state and federal elections.
All three measures advance to the Senate for further consideration.
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