Michigan LCV statement on movement of bills to protect and expand voting rights
LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters today commended the Michigan House and Senate for moving forward on critical legislation to implement key portions of Proposal 2, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in November 2022.
Proposal 2 recognizes the fundamental right to vote without harassment, enhances election integrity and increases election security by modernizing how clerks administer elections. It also makes voting more accessible for Michiganders of all backgrounds. The ballot measure established that these voting protections must be enshrined in our state constitution.
The Legislature is now charged with passing laws that enact provisions of Proposal 2 that were passed by voters last year. Packages in the House and Senate passed out of committee today. Both chambers are expected to take up the bills on their respective floors.
“In 2022, Michigan voters chose to ensure every voice is heard and every voice is counted in every election – no matter what political party or candidate they support or where they live or what they look like,” said Brooke Harris, Democracy For All Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “After voters approved Proposal 2, there are critical bills that lawmakers must pass before the next statewide election, like guaranteeing nine days of early voting. We urge lawmakers to continue moving quickly to pass legislation to implement Proposal 2 so Michiganders can use these new rights they voted for in the last election.”
As lawmakers continue to work on the state budget, Michigan LCV is also calling on the Legislature to appropriate at least $84 million to support provisions in Proposal 2, including nine days of early voting, drop boxes, postage and more.
“With this being the first time our state will have nine days of early voting and expanded voting access, it’s important we get it right and elections administrators are set up for success. That means properly funding our elections in the state budget so voters can fully take advantage of their new rights under Proposal 2,” added Harris.