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News from Progress Michigan

November 30, 2016

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Progress Michigan Slams Voter ID Law Proposal

Requiring a photo ID is no way to modernize Michigan’s antiquated voting systems

LANSING — Progress Michigan released the following statement regarding a package of bills in the Michigan House that would require photo IDs for voting. The bills would put up obstacles for voters to access the ballot and do nothing to solve Michigan’s long lines at the polls and its outdated voting system. This morning’s hearing ended with no vote taken on the bill package.

“Instead of modernizing our elections or bringing Michigan in line with other states that with critically needed reforms like no-reason absentee voting, same-day registration, or early voting, the Michigan GOP is rushing to push voter suppression laws,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “If elected officials think this is the way to solve long lines at the polls, their thinking is completely backwards. We need to be making the ballot more accessible to people, not putting up more hoops for them to jump through. This bill package is not what Michigan voters need, they need voting systems that aren’t run on programs like Windows XP that are over 15 years old.”


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