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Representative McCann's bill honors Rep. Robert Jones
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Senator Sean McCann from Kalamazoo is introducing new legislation Thursday he says will make sure every vote counts.
He wrote the bill in honor of his predecessor in the state House, Robert Jones, who died just before the election in 2010 after a long battle with cancer.
The proposal would protect voters if a candidate dies between a primary and general election.
Under state law right now votes cast for a deceased candidate are not counted, but McCann's bill would postpone the election, giving a new candidate time to take the deceased candidate's place and give voters a choice between candidates in the general election.
This has been an issue here in Michigan recently. In 2010 Representative Robert Jones from Kalamazoo died while running for a seat in the Michigan Senate.
He died 16 days before the general election. The timing of his death made it difficult for a replacement candidate to be selected and run a campaign.
In his honor McCann's proposal is named the Robert B. Jones Every Vote Counts Election Law.
McCann says he thinks the bill will get bipartisan support in the legislature. He says it will make sure that every vote counts.