Shirkey criticizes changes to May elections process

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today issued the following statement regarding Governor Whitmer’s decision to permit changes to procedures for the state’s May elections:

“In a time when we must be vigilant in protecting public health and safety, we must not forget it is essential to also protect the fundamentals of our republic and our democracy.

As we continue to fight to slow the impact of COVID-19 on our state, we have the opportunity to make responsible decisions such as delaying our May elections to ensure the health of our citizens and the integrity of our elections process. Instead, our Governor has authorized the Secretary of State to send absentee ballots to individuals who apply to register to vote without first ensuring proper verification. This unilateral change to how we secure our elections has the potential to invite fraud and security concerns that may last well beyond the circumstances of today.

Michiganders depend upon the diligent and secure execution of our elections process to rightly determine outcomes that have an impact on our communities for years to come. Decisions made in haste rarely result in sound policy and we encourage the Governor to reconsider this misstep. It is in all our best interests to guard against fraud in our elections,” said Shirkey.