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Groups denounce voter bills as voter suppression

State lawmakers have unveiled a raft of proposals to change Michigan's elections. Voting rights groups say they reek of voter suppression.

Even after an election widely cited as the “most secure in American history,” state lawmakers are proposing legislation to change the way voting is done in Michigan.

A non-partisan voting rights organization said those bills amount to nothing more than voter suppression.

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The League of Women Voters of Michigan (LWVMI) is a non-profit organization that promotes free and fair elections. The group said many of the bills proposed by state lawmakers would make elections neither of those things.

“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and something that state lawmakers should be working to protect instead of attack,” said LWVMI Presdient Christina Schlitt.

The group issued a bill-by-bill position statement on the 39 proposals currently making their way through the state senate. Among the bills the league opposes is one that would prohibit election officials from providing prepaid envelopes for absentee ballots. Another would require people to show a photo ID in order to vote.

“The bills that have been announced … are antithetical to fair elections and violate the clear will of Michigan voters who participated in record numbers in 2020,” said Schlitt.

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