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.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130213/POLITICS03/302130347#ixzz2KumVCjW8