At the beginning of July, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder surprised many by breaking party lines and vetoing three suppressive election laws, H.B. 5061, S.B. 803, and S.B. 754. While this is a victory for voting rights advocates, they are not out of the woods yet.
Yesterday, the Michigan House voted to join a number of other states that have passed laws that impede the work of voter registration organizations and restrict access to the ballot for thousands of eligible voters.
Michigan’s House Redistricting and Elections Committee heard testimony this week on SB 754, a bill that would make it more difficult for community organizations to run voter registration drives. The bill would also require voters to show a photo ID when they vote at the polls.
Today, the Michigan legislature is holding a hearing on the Safe and Fair Elections Initiative that would restrict community-based voter registration, require photo IDs, and require voters to answer a citizenship question in order to vote.