As discriminatory Voter ID laws have taken hold in other states -- jeopardizing the right to vote for hundreds of thousands on Election Day -- CCMI and its allies were successful in defeating an ID requirement for Michigan voters in 2012. But as we have seen in recent elections, there are still too many obstacles to voting in our state, and too many opportunities for faulty machines, misinformed election workers, or poor election administration to compromise the integrity of our elections. Michigan should be doing more to bring people into the democratic process, especially groups that have been historically disenfranchised and underrepresented.
In 2012 and 2013, CCMI recruited volunteers to serve as poll monitors in at-risk polling areas in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Southfield, Oak Park, Pontiac, Flint, Saginaw, Dearborn, Hamtramck, Lansing, East Lansing, Allegan, Benton Harbor, and St. Joseph. With our partners, we also helped direct voters encountering problems to the Lawyers Committee's Election Protection hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE which ran its statewide operations from Detroit.