It has only been 29 days since the election and already voter ID proponents are already pushing for more restrictive voter laws.
On Wednesday night Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill making Michigan’s voter ID law even more restrictive. For the 2016 election a voter could cast a ballot without a photo ID if they sign an affidavit affirming their identity under threat of perjury. The new bill would remove that option – an option over 18,000 voters used on November 8th.
With absolutely no evidence that individuals used the affidavit option for fraud, the Michigan House went ahead and passed a bill creating a “modern day poll tax”, creating new barriers to voting, all with an upfront price tag of $8M.
Nebraska’s legislative session starts January 4th and we’re staring down a $990M deficit. We don’t have $8M to spend on bad policy and we certainly shouldn’t be making it harder to vote.
We’ve got a long road ahead, and some tough battles to fight, but we’re ready.
Want to learn more? Attend a Voting Rights Advocate Roundtable or visit with an Civic Nebraska Organizer
Lincoln – Voting Rights Advocate Roundtable, Wednesday, December 14th, 6pm at the NonProfit Hub
Omaha – Voting Rights Advocate Roundtable, Thursday, December 15th, 6pm at the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands