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News from Progress Michigan

October 28, 2022

Contact: Sam Inglot,  

Statement on Lawsuit Targeting Detroit Voters 

MICHIGAN – After news that a Republican candidate for secretary of state is the lead plaintiff on a lawsuit that seeks to eliminate absentee voting in Detroit despite ballots already being returned at a rate above the statewide average, Sam Inglot, deputy director of Progress Michigan, issued the following statement: 

“Wherever you live in Michigan, you deserve to have your voice heard. Voting has already begun across the state, but Republicans are specifically seeking to silence the voices of Detroiters, the majority of whom are Black, in another racially motivated power grab just like we saw on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers in 2020. It’s literally in our state’s Constitution that eligible voters have the freedom to vote in-person or absentee. 

“This bogus scheme is coming from the same factions who spread baseless conspiracies about our last election that became the basis for the ‘Big Lie,’ which we now know directly fueled the violence on January 6 at the Capitol. 

“Seeking to take away the voting freedoms of our state’s largest, most diverse city as people are already casting their ballots is out of step with the majority of Michigan voters who want free, fair and accessible elections regardless of one’s color or ZIP code.”