For Immediate Release Common Cause Michigan Applauds Senate Decision to Dump Voter Suppression Bills for Lame Duck

Strict Voter ID Legislation Bills Would Have Made It Harder for Thousands of Michiganders To Vote; Group Says Voters Must Remain Vigilant in 2017

Posted on December 13, 2016

Contact: Alan Fosnacht 248-892-9131;

LANSING –– Common Cause Michigan today issued the following statement commending the State Senate for deciding not to take up the House’s highly restrictive voter ID bills during this lame duck session:

“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and brings us together as Americans.  We applaud Senate Majority Leader Meekhof for deciding not to take up last-minute House bills that would have disenfranchised thousands of voters who cannot readily produce a government issued ID or birth certificate.  These bills would have done nothing to protect voting integrity and would have hit seniors, the disabled, students, and people of color particularly hard.   We should never be making it harder to vote in Michigan.  We will remain vigilant against future attacks on citizen’s right to vote and will continue to push for measures to improve access to voting so everyone has a voice in our democracy,” said Dan Farough, spokesman on behalf of Common Cause Michigan.

Common Cause Michigan is an anti-corruption, government transparency watchdog group that has been a leader in the fight for transparency over the Flint water crisis.  Common Cause MI is dedicated to strengthening anti-corruption, and transparency laws such as the Freedom of Information Act.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause Michigan, Common Cause National

Issues: Voting and Elections, Voting and Elections

Tags: Protect The Vote

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