Lansing, Michigan (WLNS) – The Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday passed House Bill 4876, which supporters say will strengthen election transparency.

Under current Michigan law, election inspectors must complete an application with their personal information, including affiliation with political parties. HB 4876 will require inspectors to testify under penalty of perjury that their applications are complete and accurate.

The current law also provides for the responsibility of local officials for supporting the statements of inspectors, and applications can be verified by the public. The new bill stipulates that each counting commission will have a publicly available list of inspectors appointed for each location, with a certificate that each inspector has an application in the office, as well as a list of party affiliations of each inspector.

The bill was passed to the State Senate.

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