Your Voting Rights & Defending Democracy
A coalition of nonpartisan organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Michigan, and election officials continuously work to ensure that everyone can make their voice heard in our democracy. We do that by educating citizens about their voting rights, engaging citizens to be a part of the democratic process, and protecting the right of every citizen.
We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. We believe democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate.
In September, 2021, a statewide ballot proposal was introduced that will put up barriers to voting, including:
If a mere 8% of Michigan voters sign the petitions, the Legislature will be able to adopt the proposal as legislation without a vote of the people and without being subject to the Governor’s veto.
LWVMI opposes this ballot proposal and is working to educate voters about the rights they already have that guarantee safe and secure elections.
Progress Michigan, a voting rights advocacy group, released a report in October, 2021 detailing the negative impacts of this proposal.
ANTI VOTER LEGISLATION
In Spring, 2021, the Michigan Senate introduced 39 bills that would:
LWVMI opposed almost all of these bills. LWVMI submitted testimony or opposition to many of the bills that reached the house or senate floor:
MIS- AND DIS-INFORMATION
Fighting back against false information is critical to ensuring our elections are a fair and accurate reflection of the voters. Information about election security in Michigan, including mis- and dis-information is available on the website of the Michigan SoS: