Carra introduced bill on election challengers

State Rep. Steve Carra recently introduced a plan to strengthen the rights of Michigan election challengers, and expand training for election officials and inspectors.

Election challengers are appointed by political parties and other organizations interested in observing Michigan election processes. They ensure election laws are properly followed at polling places and absentee counting boards.

House Bill 4963 would specify that training for election officials and inspectors or workers must include training on the rights of election challengers, and local clerks would be required to have signature verification training.

The plan would strengthen challengers’ rights and responsibilities by ensuring each challenger can stand or sit behind the processing table.

The bill was referred to the House Committee on Elections and Ethics for consideration.

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