On September 2, 2021, a statewide ballot proposal was introduced that will put up barriers to voting and remove options for registered voters in Michigan. Requiring voters to show their IDs when voting in person or absentee will lead to voter disenfranchisement across our state when we already know that our elections are fair and secure. The League OPPOSES this ballot proposal.
The ballot proposal follows the introduction of 39 bills that were introduced in the Michigan State Senate on March 24, 2021, most of which are measures that restrict voter rights and suppress eligible citizens from voting. Christina Schlitt, Co-President of the League issued a statement, saying that, “The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and something that state lawmakers should be working to protect instead of attack. The bills that have been announced today are antithetical to fair elections and violate the clear will of Michigan voters who participated in record numbers in 2020.”
On January 31, 2022, the League joined other voting rights advocacy groups and launched a ballot initiative aimed at ensuring that we have a voting system that works for everyone. “Promote the Vote 2022 provides common sense voting policies to move Michigan forward,” said Christina Schlitt, co-president of LWVMI. “Michiganders want secure and accessible elections, we want people to be able to vote without fear of intimidation, and we want to be confident that our votes will be counted. This ballot initiative takes a great step towards modernizing our elections and protecting our freedom to vote.” The initiative includes public funding and resources to help local election officials do their jobs including funding for postage for absentee ballots and ballot tracking, and secure ballot dropboxes for every 15,000 voters in a municipality. The initiative will also preserve the authority of local governments to accept funding from publicly disclosed, public and charitable sources.
In 2018, The League of Women Voters supported Proposal 3, “Promote the Vote”, which was passed by Michigan voters in the November, 2018 election. The 2018 constitutional amendment ensures that every eligible person can vote and that every vote will be counted. It safeguards our elections with audits and more accurate voting lists, and removes barriers that can make it harder for citizens to fulfill their responsibility to vote. Michigan citizens are now guaranteed these new voting rights:
DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT VOTER REGISTRATION , VOTING RIGHTS & MORE
ELECTION FACT SHEET
Prepared by LWVMI, it includes includes information on the new voting rights that impacted the 2020 election, voter registrations, in-person vs. absentee voter data, election lawsuits and more.
MIS & DIS-INFORMATION
Ahead of and following the 2020 general election, Michigan voters were inundated with information about the administration of the election, much of which was inaccurate. False information led to confusion and doubts among our citizenry, and a reduction of faith in Michigan’s electoral process. This is dangerous for our democracy.