Secretary of State
Ruth Johnson continues to push forward with her agenda to secure
election integrity through her Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE)
SAFE is a comprehensive plan that seeks to implement balanced, common
sense safeguards while at the same time retaining strong measures in
place to ensure that no legitimate voter is disenfranchised.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed most of the bills in the SAFE package into law
on July 3, 2012. The new laws will promote transparency and
accountability in the elections process by toughening campaign finance
laws, helping ensure accuracy in the state's voter rolls and creating
new election night policies so errors and issues can be immediately
detected and resolved by workers once the polls close. (A
full summary of the new laws is available on this site.)
SAFE's three-pronged approach includes new policies, the expanded use of
technology and legislative reform to reduce vulnerabilities within the
elections process. Johnson has vowed to continue her work with the
governor and Legislature on additional reforms to further protect the
integrity of Michigan's elections.
In addition to these legislative efforts, the SAFE initiative is also
bringing new technology to the forefront by expanding the use of
electronic poll books — computers which are used to check in voters at
their local precincts on Election Day — to more than 75 percent of
Michigan's polling sites this year. This technology will deliver faster
moving lines on Election Day and help reduce clerical errors.
In addition, the Michigan Secretary of State's Bureau of Elections will
offer voluntary training to get-out-the-vote groups to ensure voter
registration volunteers meet all voter registration requirements so that
every voter can have their vote count and their voice heard on Election
Read what people are writing about the SAFE initiative:
The Detroit News says, "Improving the rules to avoid glitches and
maintain voter confidence is a good idea."
Steve Gunn of the Muskegon Chronicle says, "Johnson wants to make sure
Michigan elections are fair and valid, like they're supposed to be."
The Detroit News calls Secretary Johnson's reforms "sensible reforms
that should be adopted."
The Bay City Times says of the initiative: "It's clear to us that
Johnson takes her task of cleaning up voter issues and fraud very
seriously. We're heartened to see someone standing up for changes that
will make every Michigan residents vote authentic."
Ottawa County Clerk Dan Krueger is a strong supporter of Secretary
Johnson's efforts to clean up Michigan's voter rolls.
Secretary Johnson's Opinion was printed in the Detroit News
Watch Secretary Johnson, lawmakers and a county clerk explain the need
to pass her SAFE initiative at the press conference introducing it:
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