12/01/2011 - As Michigan's new chief elections officer, I believe there is nothing more critical to democracy than ensuring integrity in our elections.
That's why we are taking our first steps to close legal loopholes, crack down on campaign finance abuse, and clean our voter rolls as part of our Secure and Fair Elections, or SAFE, Initiative.
SAFE -- with the support of local, state and national partners -- calls for tougher laws, new secretary of state policies, and expanded use of technology.
Our voter lists must be accurate, too. The nonpartisan Pew Center on the States found that in 2008 Michigan had an impossible 102.5% of its eligible voting population registered to vote. That doesn't add up and indicates vulnerability in our system.
Read the full opinion editorial, State Reforms Aim for Accurate Voter Lists, Greater Accountability, Fewer Abuses, on the Detroit Free Press' Web site.
Ruth Johnson is Michigan's Secretary of State.