Michigan Republicans Blitz Legislature with 39 Suppression Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican lawmakers in Michigan are moving to restrict voting rights in the state with a sweeping slate of 39 new voter suppression bills. On Wednesday, Republicans justified their proposals as necessary for ensuring election integrity, while Democrats called out their propagation of Donald Trump’s post-election lies and conspiracy mongering. There remains no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election in Michigan — or elsewhere — that would have changed the outcome of November’s election. In fact, Michigan just completed “its most comprehensive series of post-election audits in the state’s history” which confirmed the state’s victory for Joe Biden. 

Among many harmful provisions, the bills would:

  • Impose new ID requirements for requesting absentee ballots
  • Ban the secretary of state from making absentee ballot applications available online
  • Ban clerks from providing prepaid return postage for absentee ballots
  • Create new requirements for ballot drop boxes, including prohibiting voters from using a drop box after 5 p.m. the day before Election Day
  • Add new election-related felonies to the state’s criminal code.

You can read a detailed list of the key changes included in the 39 bills on the Detroit Free Press.

And read each of the bills here: