Nessel: State police will enforce voting laws on Election Day if sheriffs won't
Michigan will send state troopers into voting areas where they believe local sheriffs will not enforce laws prohibiting voter intimidation, Attorney General Dana Nessel said Sunday on Showtime's "The Circus."
The comments came after Nessel was asked about whether she could rely on elected local sheriffs to enforce voter intimidation and security laws given Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf's relationship with militia groups and other sheriffs' lack of support for previous executive orders.
"If you have a county sheriff that seems to be sympathetic to any of these organizations and we think they're not going to enforce the laws, then we'll get somebody else who will, the Michigan State Police," Nessel said.
"Every place in the state of Michigan, there will be law enforcement that believe that voters need to be protected."
After the interview aired Sunday, Nessel's spokeswoman, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, noted state police report to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
"But we have already met with them to discuss partnering on enforcement, and they have agreed to assist us," Rossman-McKinney said. "We are committed to ensuring that every voter feels safe and secure."
Shanon Banner, a spokeswoman for the Michigan State Police, weighed in, saying: "I won’t get into speculation about enforcement action, but the Michigan State Police does have statewide jurisdiction."
Nessel also told "The Circus" she had to be ready for "every possible scenario."
"We don't want people to harass voters when they are in the process of exercising what is a fundamental right, which is their ...
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