League of Women Voters of Michigan opposes anti-voter ballot initiative Secure MI Vote
“For more than 100 years, the League of Women Voters of Michigan has worked to ensure voting is accessible to every eligible voter, and this initiative will only serve to make voting more difficult for many,” said Christina Schlitt, co-president of the Michigan League. “This initiative will lead to voter disenfranchisement across our state when we already know that our elections are fair and secure.”
“The Secure MI Vote initiative will negatively affect voters, specifically people with disabilities, people with lower incomes and young people who all have more difficulty obtaining the type of ID that is required to vote,” said Paula Bowman, co-president of the Michigan League. “The proposed changes are unnecessary and make voting more difficult, which is the opposite of what Michigan voters have asked for.”
Secure MI Vote has received approval of a petition with the state’s Board of Canvassers to enact citizen-led legislation to take away Election Day voting options, make absentee voting less accessible and gut funding for election administration in Michigan. The League of Women Voters of Michigan opposes the Secure MI Vote measures and supports Michigan’s current voter validation system that has worked for decades.
The Secure MI Vote proposal includes an appropriation that, if approved by the Michigan Legislature, would prevent a vote of the people from overturning the law, further denying the people of Michigan a voice on the issue. More information on the League of Women Voters’ position on Secure MI Vote and advocacy is available at the League of Women Voters of Michigan website.
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Be informed about the Michigan Redistricting Commission by viewing this League of Women Voters of the Mt Pleasant Area presentation on redistricting. The video was recorded and is hosted by MAC TV. For additional information, check out the official Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission website. Additional information on the League’s commitment non-partisanship can be found on the League of Women Voters US webpage.
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