Monday, April 23, 2012
Contact: Project Vote: Sarah Massey, (202) 210 6614, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Progress Michigan: Zack Pohl, (517) 980-6190, email@example.com
Advocacy groups call voter suppression bills ‘assault on democracy’
LANSING – Advocacy groups including the Michigan League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Project Vote, A. Philip Randolph Institute and others will hold a press conference on Tuesday, April 24, in the Michigan Capitol to denounce a package of bills that will make it more difficult for Michigan voters to cast their ballots.
Testimony on the proposed bills will be heard in the House Redistricting and Elections Committee, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with the press conference to follow in Room 424 of the Capitol. The groups are calling the package an “assault on democracy.”
The package of bills that is working its way through the Michigan House and Senate will create more obstacles to voting for Michigan citizens by establishing a photo ID requirement for absentee voting, adding burdensome restrictions and regulations to community organizations that register voters, and establishing a new citizenship requirement for Michigan citizens voting at polls and via absentee ballot, among other things.
WHAT: Press conference to denounce a package of bills that create new obstacles to voting for Michigan citizens
WHO: Advocacy groups including Michigan League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Project Vote, A. Philip Randolph Institute and others
WHERE: Michigan Capitol Building, Room 424, Fourth Floor, in downtown Lansing
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 11 a.m. or immediately following the House Redistricting and Elections Committee hearing