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Whitmer says a veto of GOP election bills won’t end fight over voting rights

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State of Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday she will veto Republican-sponsored election bills if they are sent to her desk. But she does not expect that will end the fight. The bills would, among other things, require voters to show IDs at polling places or to get an absentee ballot. They would also limit the use of ballot drop boxes.

Whitmer registered her opposition during an online interview with The Washington Post.

“There are 39 bills that are — quote-unquote — solutions, but they are in search of a problem," Whitmer said. "We had a fair, full, historic election in the state of Michigan and in our country.”

But Whitmer pointed out that Michigan GOP leaders have said they’re ready to launch a petition drive that could gather enough signatures to allow the Legislature to adopt a veto-proof voting law.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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