AMENDED SENATE BILL, SECURE MI VOTE BALLOT INITIATIVE AIM TO RESTRICT VOTING RIGHTS, CRITICAL RESOURCES FOR CLERKS
LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters issued the following statement today after the Michigan State House passed an amended version of Senate Bill 303 that was rewritten to mirror the policy of the GOP-backed Secure MI Vote ballot initiative, both of which aim to take away Election Day voting options, make absentee voting less accessible, and gut critical funding for local clerks across the state.
“Today’s House vote on the amended version of Senate Bill 303 is yet another example of some lawmakers attempting to restrict our freedom to vote in Michigan by passing anti-voter legislation and perpetuating the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen after Michigan voters turned out in record numbers last year,” said Clare Allenson, Democracy For All Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “Today’s vote confirms that GOP-sponsored voter suppression legislation in Lansing is adopting the same policy position as the so-called ‘Secure MI Vote’ anti-voter ballot initiative that is attempting to circumvent a veto from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The amended version of Senate Bill 303 and the ballot initiative are not only unneeded and sloppily drafted, but present serious threats as they seek to take away Election Day voting options, restrict access to absentee voting, and block our already under resourced local clerks from receiving the resources they need to ensure our elections are accessible and secure and the voices of Michigan voters are heard.”