Michigan authorities prohibit armed people from entering polling stations
Before the upcoming US presidential elections, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson informed everyone that open-carried firearms are not allowed in polling places.
The state authorities refer to possible armed conflicts based on political preferences, therefore, firearms are prohibited within a radius of 100 meters from the stations.
Open-carried firearms “may cause disruption, fear, or intimidation for voters, election workers, and others present,” Benson said, according to ABC12.
“Fair, free and secure elections are the foundation of our democracy,” said Benson. “I am committed to ensuring all eligible Michigan citizens can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote without fear of threats, intimidation or harassment. Prohibiting the open-carry of firearms in areas where citizens cast their ballots is necessary to ensure every voter is protected.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan State Police Col. Joe Gasper supported the Benson initiative.
“Michigan voters have the right to vote in person on Election Day free from threat and intimidation," Nessel said. "An armed presence at the polls is inconsistent with our notion of a free democracy. I stand with the Secretary in her commitment to ensure that every eligible voter who wants to vote in person can do so safely and without fear or intimidation.”
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