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Speak at a redistricting meeting:
The MICRC is in-person public meetings around the state. The purpose of these meetings is to educate the commission on Communities of Interest around Michigan and gauge how they can best draw districts to reflect our community accurately. The MDP is looking for people to give in-person/written testimonials to the commission at the upcoming meetings.
If you or somebody you know is interested in giving public comment at one of the upcoming MICRC meetings, please fill out the sign-up form below and someone from the MDP will contact you. Click here to sign up and view meeting dates.
Stop Voter Suppression!
A dozen Republican caucus members introduced 39 bills in the Michigan Senate as part of a giant anti-voter package. These bills are similar to legislation being introduced across the country.
Hidden in these 39 bills are a handful of unnecessary barriers for eligible people to vote and will suppress access to the ballot including:
- Requiring voters to carry a specific form of photo ID with them on Election Day and banning the ability for a voter to sign an affidavit if they forget their ID
- Requiring voters to request their absentee ballot with a specific photo ID or a copy of one
- Removing voters’ ability to drop their absentee ballot in a secure drop box after 5PM the night before Election Day
- Forcing voters to pay to return their absentee ballot by mail by banning clerks from providing pre-paid postage on the return envelope
- Banning nonpartisan poll observers on Election Day by only allowing partisan operatives to observe the polls
We know that these 39 bills are just the start and that there is a plan for even more bills that create higher barriers for eligible people to needlessly jump in order to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
Michigan Republicans have introduced 39 bills that will make it much harder to vote.
Why are these bills are problem?
Requires those voting by mail to include a copy of photo ID with their ballot: most people do not have easy access to a copier, making this an unnecessary burden for them.
Limits voters' use of drop boxes, prohibits pre-paid postage on absentee ballot return envelopes and bars the SOS from sending absentee ballot applications to voters: these are unnecessary restrictions that discourage voters from voting absentee.
- Gives unelected County Boards of Canvassers, whose role is to canvass the votes and certify our elections, discretionary powers over drop boxes, absentee ball containers and the clerks' hiring of assistants to help conduct the canvass: County Boards of Canvassers shouldn't have the authority to nix or limit drop boxes, disapprove absentee ballot containers or get involved in clerks' personal decisions.
These are just SOME of the problems with the proposed bills. Read more from the MDP about these bills here.
- Michigan voters have already spoken: in 2018, 67% of our state’s voters passed Proposal 3, the most comprehensive expansion of voting rights in the state’s history. This constitutional amendment passed in 80 of our 83 counties.* (Three counties were Proposal 3 did not pass - Huron, Missaukee, and Montmorency)
- The Proposal 3 reforms led to record high voter turnout in 2020, including a record number of absentee ballots cast. We should be celebrating and expanding on these successes.
- Our Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, has said that the 2020 elections were among the safest and most secure elections in Michigan's history, and more than 250 audits of the November election confirmed the results.
- The 39-bill package introduced by Senate Republicans, without a single Democratic co-sponsor, is not a good-faith effort to improve our elections. It’s just their latest incarnation of the Big Lie that the November 2020 election was rigged.
- The bills create unnecessary barriers to absentee and in-person voting, and would disproportionately burden elderly, poor, disabled, and minority voters.
- The bills would also encourage intimidation of voters and election workers, hamper the work of election officials, and increase toxic partisan interference in election administration.
- It’s clear that the MIGOP is scared of protecting access to the ballot box -- so their impulse is to roll it back. They know that when everyone votes, Democrats win.
- Democrats are committed to protecting voting rights in accordance with the will of the people.
- The GOP has organized attacks on voting rights in a number of battleground states. We can collectively stop them and increase electoral integrity in every state if Congress passes the For the People Act (HR1, S1).
- Seeking to bring integrity and trust back into our election process, the For the People Act is a commonsense, comprehensive package of reforms that are long overdue.
- This bill would help expand early and absentee voting safely and securely, removing barriers for more vulnerable populations, including veterans and seniors, and easing their participation in the democratic process.
- The bill would also modernize voter registration and eliminate the often-flawed process of voter purging while at the same time helping states to update voting equipment to ensure safety.
- Beyond expanding voting opportunities and securing the ballot box, the For the People Act would also help elevate the voices of everyday Michiganders by strengthening campaign finance and anti-corruption laws.
We are calling Democrats in Oakland County and asking them to contact their own State Senators Ruth Johnson and Jim Runestad and tell them to oppose these bills that only serve to suppress the vote! Making these calls also gives you the opportunity to educate democrats about these bills. These are the easiest and most pleasant phone calls you could make.
- Make calls from the safety and comfort of your home. All you need is a phone and a PC, laptop, or tablet.
- Copy and paste the link into your browser. Google Chrome works best.
- If you do not have an Action ID, create one using your email address and password.
- When you log in, you will see the script with the voter's name and phone number.
- Make calls any day, 10 am - 8 pm. You cannot access the list before or after these hours.
- Please leave a voice message.
Senator Ruth Johnson's constituent phone bank list: https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/BDA8D4J-527535
Senator Jim Runestad's constituents phone bank list: https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/0EA8D4O-780454