Voter Suppression Legislation by Republicans Impede Voters in Michigan During Primaries

As Governor Snyder predicted would happen, these complicated rules confused Michigan residents,” said Melanie McElroy of Common Cause Michigan. “The state of Michigan should be making it easier for all eligible voters to vote, and not using unnecessary and redundant requirements at the polls.”

The attached report details incidents at polling locations across the state, with the highest number of reports at precincts in Ingham, Oakland and Wayne counties. The hotlines were advertised before the primary, and all voters might not have known about the opportunity to call with questions.

“We all want to ensure only eligible voters are participating in our elections. But asking citizens to reaffirm their citizenship – after they already did so when they registered to vote – does nothing to prevent noncitizens from voting or preserve the integrity of our elections,” said Jocelyn Benson, Wayne State University Law Professor and Director of the nonpartisan Michigan Center for Election Law. “Eligible citizens should be able to exercise their constitutional right to vote without harassment or intimidation. We hope the state adopts our recommendations to ensure that no voter is wrongly denied their ballot this November.”

The Michigan Election Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition comprised of dozens of organizations that represent members from a wide geographic range across the state.

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