Michigan Civil Rights Commission Issues Statement on Election Reform Bills

Contact: Vicki Levengood 517-775-0558
Agency: Civil Rights

April 19, 2021

Lansing, MI - Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, has issued a statement on the package of 39 election reform bills introduced in the Michigan Senate:

"The 39 election-related bills introduced in the Michigan legislature, if passed into law, would make Michigan the Georgia of the north in terms of voting rights or, moreso, the lack thereof," said Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. "These bills effectively require a voter to demonstrate why he or she should be able to vote instead of voting being a civil right. They also add onerous, unnecessary responsibilities to our clerks administering elections. Most importantly, these bills essentially seek to limit participation in this country's elections, and their impact will fall hardest on communities of color, people of limited means and people with disabilities. We stand with dozens of the state's largest companies and most trusted institutions in urging the legislature to reject this attempt to put roadblocks in the way of full participation in the sacred right to vote."

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.

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