Senate Passes Change to Vote Recounts

May 3, 2024

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.

Legislation making changes to how election recounts are handled in Michigan was passed by the Senate this week. While supporters state this is a way to modernize the current system, those opposed said they are concerned it could make it harder to investigate fraud.

Key Points:

    • SB 603 was introduced by Senator Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).
    • SB 604 was introduced by Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield).
    • Increases the deposit amounts for recount petitions and requires the Secretary of State to adjust them every four years in line with the Consumer Price Index.
    • It makes changes to the reasons for a recount petition.
    • Requires a recount to be requested within 48 hours of certification.
    • Makes changes to the requirements and timeline for a state-level recount.

Next Steps:

    • The bills were referred to the House Elections Committee for consideration.

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