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News from Multiple Organizations

October 19, 2016

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

An Open Letter to Attorney General Bill Schuette

MICHIGAN — The following is an open letter to Attorney General Bill Schuette. Michiganders weighed in on the issue through an online petition and in less than 24 hours, over 300 people had signed on demanding answers from Michigan’s Attorney General.

An Open Letter to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been spewing false information about voter fraud and tampering with the presidential election.

Trump’s rhetoric is dangerous in a democracy where every vote counts and the right to have your voice heard is a fundamental pillar of our nation. A candidate running for the highest office in the country should not push this false threat as part of his campaign. It’s wrong and it undermines the rule of law.

Research has continually shown that voter fraud is not a problem in Michigan or anywhere in the country— and certainly does not rise to the level of a vast conspiracy, as Trump claims. Trump doesn’t have one shred of evidence to support his claim and his call for “vote watchers” invites illegal voter intimidation at the polls.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette must respond directly and personally to the claims being made by his party’s candidate, a candidate he has personally endorsed.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has already weighed in on the issue, telling the Detroit News, “In Michigan, we have the checks and balances to make sure that the elections will be done properly, with integrity.”

We pose the following questions to Attorney General Schuette:

As Michigan’s top law enforcement official, do you agree with Donald Trump that the Michigan elections are going to be tampered with? Or do you agree with Michigan’s Secretary of State?

We ask that Attorney General Schuette answer these questions directly and not through an office spokesperson. The voters of Michigan deserve to hear from their elected officials. 

Sincerely, the undersigned organizations: 

Michigan AFL-CIO

Michigan Laborers’ District Council

American Federation of Teachers Michigan

Michigan Education Association

Progress Michigan

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights

Common Cause Michigan

Click here for individual signers.


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