Developing Stronger Voter Access : Detroit Citizens Protest Republican Gov. Snyder’s Voter Suppression Bills

“This is the worst governor we’ve ever had, and he needs to go.”
Snyder has said the bridge will not cost Michigan taxpayers and could create up to 10,000 jobs, many of which will be available for Detroit residents.
Separately, Rev. Charles Williams II of the National Action Network led a small march from Gratiot Avenue to the church, protesting what he has called “voter suppression” bills awaiting the governor’s signature.
The series of bills would require residents to present valid identification when registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot. If they do not have ID, they could sign an affadvit of identity, but their ballot would automatically be considered “challenged” and subject to review.
Michigan law already requires residents to present valid picture ID when voting in person, and the new legislation would require them to sign an affirmative statement of citizenship before receiving a ballot.
State Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park, attended the meeting on other business but stood with the protestors outside the church.
“These bills are part of a larger scheme that’s taking place across the nation,” he said. “It’s an agenda from tea party activists to supress urban votes, to suppress folks who are impoverished and keep them away from the polls,…
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