Detroit NAACP: Voter ID Legislation Disenfranchises Voters


Rev. Dr. Wendall Anthony from the Detroit branch of the NAACP, spoke on behalf of the organization, claiming that new voter ID legislation in Michigan would disenfranchise voters and make impossible for a large amount of people to cast ballots.  A bill called HB 6066 has passed in the house, but now must be voted on in the state senate.

“The recent move in the legislature last night with then passing of HB 6066 is another attempt to diminish, disrespect and belittle the very essence of who we are as a nation,” Anthony said. “They are designed to reduce the votes of young people, seniors, rural and urban citizens and people of color.”

In order to fight voter fraud, this bill would require voters to show up to the polls without photo identification to cast a provisional ballot that could be dismissed if they don’t prove their identity within 10 days after an election.

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons issued the following statement today regarding the House’s approval of legislation she introduced to ensure the security of elections in Michigan:

“I’m pleased to know that my colleagues in the House take the integrity of our state’s elections process as seriously as I do. The public deserves to have confidence in our system, and this proposal protects all voters by ensuring that a voter must prove they are who they say they are before their votes are counted. This legislation raises the bar without raising barriers. By waiving the fees for obtaining a birth certificate and a state ID card, we’re ensuring that all Michigan voters, regardless of income, can afford to obtain the documentation they will need to vote.”

The NAACP and other community activists are against this legislation and claim the real problem with voting is a lack of poll workers and broken optical scanners.

Detroit Elections Director Daniel Baxter blamed the number of ballots in precinct poll books not matching those of voting machine print out reports on the city’s decade-old voting machines, where 87 optical scanners broke on Election Day.

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