In response to the extreme anti-voter legislation the state Senate passed this week, the SWIM (StateWide Indivisible Michigan) Communications Liaison, representing 1,000s of voters from across the state, makes the following statement:
Michigan voters passed an historic expansion of voting rights in 2018, and in 2020 they turned out in record numbers to vote in one of the state’s most secure elections in history. We know that by ensuring accessible, secure, and fair elections we can build a state that better represents us and our shared values.
Rather than building on these successes, Republicans in the Senate have passed these extreme anti-voter bills, which put up incredible barriers between voters and our freedom to vote. These bills take away options for how we cast our ballots, making absentee voting more cumbersome, and disproportionately impact voters of color, low-income voters, students, seniors, voters with disabilities, and rural voters.
These attacks on voting freedoms are based on the same dangerous lies and misinformation that led to the insurrection on Jan. 6. Michiganders won’t stand for the anti-voter power grabs like we saw today. And just like we have before, Michiganders will stand together — across race, income and zip code — to protect our voting rights, improve our elections in Michigan, and ensure that people, not corporate donors or the elected officials they back, are who decide the direction of our state.