Back in December of 2020, as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Hall acted swiftly in response to reported irregularities involving Michigan’s elections. He held hearings featuring election officials and people who witnessed events at the TCF Center in Detroit. He subpoenaed physical and electronic records from Detroit, Livonia, and the state’s Bureau of Election.

Those hearings resulted in a series of new legislation designed to improve the security of Michigan’s elections. These reforms included: require partial social security number for voter registration; require photo ID for in-person voters; require driver’s license, state-ID, partial social security number or photo ID on absentee ballot application; require voters who don’t provide this ID to present ID in person within 6 days after election to have their vote counted; specify minimum times clerks must accept absentee ballots for in-person or dropbox delivery; prohibit officials from making absentee ballot applications available except upon voter request; prohibit donations to fund elections..

He moved that legislation through the House where it was passed and moved on to the Senate.  The Senate passed the legislation and promptly sent it to the desk of Governor Whitmer where she promptly vetoed the legislation.  Gov. Whitmer vetoed legislation that would have brought more integrity to our elections, interesting.

Rep. Hall helped start a petition drive to override Governor Whitmer’s veto called Secure MI Vote.  Secure MI brought forth a citizens initiative to override the governors veto that would:

“require partial social security number for voter registration; require photo ID for in-person voters; require driver’s license, state-ID, partial social security number or photo ID on absentee ballot application; require voters who don’t provide this ID to present ID in person within 6 days after election to have their vote counted; specify minimum times clerks must accept absentee ballots for in-person or dropbox delivery; prohibit officials from making absentee ballot applications available except upon voter request; prohibit donations to fund elections.”

Secure MI Vote needed approximately 360,000 certified signatures to move their citizens initiative to Michigan’s Legislature. Today the Secure MI group turned in 514,294 signatures.

Today at a press conference state Rep. Matt Hall (R-Comstock Township) stated:

“Now we’re calling on Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, not to delay, but to review these swiftly and to certify these petitions so the Legislature can get back and put these into law,”

If the Bureau of Elections approves the signatures for the Secure MI Vote citizens initiative it will then go to the Legislature for a vote. Where Rep. Hall and his fellow Republican colleagues are ready to approve the legislation and make it law in Michigan, bringing back some integrity to our voting process.

When a citizens initiative is passed by the legislators Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who opposes any election integrity bill, has no power to veto it.

It can all be summed up as the following:

  • Rep. Hall held hearings featuring election officials and people who witnessed events at the TCF Center in Detroit. He subpoenaed physical and electronic records from Detroit, Livonia, and the state’s Bureau of Election.
  • From those hearing he crafted legislation to address what his hearings uncovered and moved that legislation through the legislature. Governor Whitmer vetoed those election integrity bills.
  • Rep. Hall helped start a petition drive to override Governor Whitmer’s veto called Secure MI Vote