Wendzel Election Security Measure Clears Committee

If her plan continues to advance into law, State Rep. Pauline Wendzel will have successfully made it a felony for you to submit an absent voter application using somebody else’s identity.

That’s the gist of the Watervliet Republican’s new election security legislation which advance out of the House Elections and Ethics Committee today on a 4-1-1 vote.

The legislation would make it a felony for any individual to knowingly submit an absentee voter application using another person’s name or personal identification information. Under the proposed package, it would also become a felony to complete applications with the intent to receive multiple ballots.

Wendzel says, “An individual’s vote is one of the most sacred things a person has in a vibrant democracy,” and adds, “Working together, we took a great step toward providing peace of mind for every Michigan voter.”

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The legislative package now advances to the House Judiciary Committee for a second round of vetting before advancing to the full House of Representatives.

Wendzel promises, “We’re going to get this package over the finish line so every voter, whether they vote in person or absentee, has confidence in the integrity of our election.”

Before serving Berrien County as a state representative, Pauline Wendzel served her community as the Assistant Deputy Clerk of Bainbridge Township.

In the photo accompanying this story on Moody on the Market, Wendzel is shown addressing the local clerks of Berrien County during a pre-covid Lansing advocacy day.