Say Cheese! House Considers Allowing Photos in Polling Places

This afternoon the House Elections and Ethics Committee consideredHB 4477, legislation that would allow an elector to take a photo of him or herself at a polling place. The legislation is opposed by the Secretary of State, and many clerks have concern about such a policy violating voter privacy.

In addition the committee considered HB 4478, a bill that would allow an individual with a disability who uses a signature stamp to use that stamp for voting. This legislation was widely supported including by the League, the Municipal Clerks and the Secretary of State’s office.

The committee did not vote on either piece of legislation.

Samantha Harkins is the Director of State Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League.  She can be reached at 517-908-0306 or email at