LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday she has joined several other Democratic governors to protect the November election.
Whitmer joined governors from Oregon, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Nevada, New Jersey, California and Minnesota in response to what they called attacks on voting rights and voting access by President Donald Trump.
“As we prepare for record voter turnout in the November election, we must do everything we can to ensure every American can vote safely,” Whitmer said in a statement. “We have already had two historic, successful elections this year while battling the COVID-19 pandemic. We are prepared to utilize what we have learned to maximize safety, while protecting every Michigander’s right to vote and access to the ballot. I encourage everyone who can to make sure you’re registered to vote and to request your absentee ballot as soon as possible. And I want to thank Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for her round-the-clock work to ensure safe and secure elections.”
The governors agreed to:
- Carry out the November 3, 2020 general election, as mandated by law.
- Ensure electoral college electors vote as they are pledged, in line with the Supreme Court decision in Chiafalo v. Washington, on July 6, 2020.
- Work with their respective state and local level election officials to ensure that the right to vote is accessible, safe, and secure.
- In coordination with elections officials, communicate with voters about the possibility of delayed results in some states due to increased use of mail-in voting and the status of the count post-election.
- Ensure that any substantive allegations of voter disenfranchisement or elections fraud are quickly and thoroughly investigated.