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Former secretary of state doesn’t support call for commission

by Candice Miller on February 14, 2013

February 13, 2013 at 8:42 am

Rep. Miller opposes voting reforms

Washington President  Barack Obama  called Tuesday for a national commission to study ways to make it easier for  Americans to vote, but one former Michigan secretary of state didn’t like the  idea.

Voting issues have been debated in Michigan  with confusion over a citizenship checkoff on ballot applications and Gov. Rick  Snyder and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson calling for changes to make it easier  to register and cast absentee votes.

“We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected.  That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote,” Obama  said in the State of the Union.

Obama said he’s appointing top members of his re-election campaign and the  campaign of GOP nominee Mitt Romney to head up the commission.

Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, a former Michigan secretary of  state, said she opposes the idea.

“I do not support the president’s proposal to appoint yet another national  commission to study solutions to the problem of long lines at polling places  that seems to be confined to very few states,” Miller said in a statement.

“I also am completely opposed to such a commission putting forward mandates  to be imposed on states like Michigan that would disrupt our already well-run  system of elections.”

Snyder in his State of the State address in January called for online voter  registration and no-excuse absentee voting.

Twelve states allow online voter registration.

Michigan and 20 other states require voters to meet certain criteria before  they’re allowed to fill out an absentee ballot. Twenty-seven states and the District  of Columbia  permit any qualified voter to cast absentee ballot without an excuse, according  to the National Conference of State  Legislatures.

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