LANSING, Mich. — After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday issued Executive Order 2020-27 to allow the secretary of state to mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters for the May 5 election instead of moving the May election to August, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:
“To protect the public and the integrity of our elections, the governor and the secretary of state should be taking actions to move the May elections to August.
“I am deeply concerned that the secretary of state is wasting taxpayer resources on mailing everyone an absentee ballot application, when Michigan’s residents can already make this request and consolidating the elections in August is a more efficient and safer option.
“As we face uncertain times during this public health emergency and substantial economic challenge, we need to make sure we’re focused first on using our limited taxpayer dollars on protecting the health and safety of the Michigan people.”