“With so many irregularities in Michigan―including more than 75,000 under-votes, many in urban areas, and widespread carelessness, and perhaps interference, with preserving ballots―there is a real possibility the rights of voters in Michigan may have been suppressed during this election,” they continued. “By stopping the recount in Michigan, Trump and Michigan Republicans are explicitly stripping the constitutional rights of Michigan voters straight from under them. Worse, they are continuing to undermine confidence in the American political system by denying voters a chance to be reassured that the election results were accurate.”
Later Wednesday, the Michigan House approved a $10 million voter ID bill that would require voters to bring photo identification to the polls to cast a ballot or provide one to their clerk’s office within 10 days of an election. The bill was approved despite outspoken objections by Democrats who said that the law would disenfranchise minority and low-income voters.
Lonnie Scott, executive director of the advocacy group Progress Michigan, wrote on Twitter Wednesday night, “Don’t let [Michigan GOP] lie to you. They contested recount because of cost, are about to spend $10 million to suppress vote. Modern day poll tax.”
“What we have seen from the recent recount is that while we have serious problems with how we vote in this state, voter fraud is not one of them. Republicans are merely attempting to put as many barriers to voting as possible in place with this late night rush to ram this legislation through,” Scott added in a separate statement. “This is not an attempt at voting reform. This is voter suppression.”
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