House Moves to Protect Election Workers

Sep 22, 2023

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

A two-bill package making it illegal to intimidate an election official or prevent an official from performing their job was reported by the House Elections Committee this week.

Key Points:

    • The legislation was introduced by Representative Kara Hope (D-Holt).
    • An election official could be a public officer or employee, election inspector, member of the Board of State Canvassers, member of a board of county canvassers, member of an absent voter counting board, county clerk, or city or township clerk.
    • Intimidation includes harassment intending to cause fear of physical injury.
    • The bills don’t apply to a constitutionally protected activity such as reporting, protesting, or advocating.
    • A first violation could result in up to 93 days in jail, a fine of $500, or both.
    • A second violation could be punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of $1,000, or both.
    • A third and subsequent violation would be a felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

Next Steps:

    • The bills were referred to the House floor for consideration.

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