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.”
The League of Women Voters supported Proposal 3, “Promote the Vote”, which was passed by Michigan voters in the November, 2018 election. This new 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.