Published on June 10, 2021 in
The state legislature is considering more than 40 bills related to voting and elections that would inevitably put unnecessary hurdles between eligible voters and the ballot box. The bills, if enacted, would particularly threaten access for voters with disabilities, seniors, students, low–income voters, and voters in Black and brown communities. These proposals are in direct contrast with the new rights Michigan voters overwhelmingly enacted in a 2018 ballot initiative, which significantly expanded access to absentee voting and made it easier to register.
If enacted, this legislation will have a range of negative consequences on election access by making it more difficult for local clerks to do their jobs, eliminating thousands of legal votes and dramatically hampering access to the ballot for many members of our community.
We need your help to protect every vote. Tell your legislators to oppose any legislation that would suppress the vote or prevent equal access to the ballot!
Advocating for voter rights and equitable access to the ballot is an important and longstanding part of our work at United Way. Ensuring the voice of our community is heard loud and clear by local leaders and policymakers is essential to the advancement of our mission.