The State Senate has officially passed legislation to strengthen Voter ID requirements here in Michigan!
This is a promising development in both the statewide and nationwide battle to protect our vote and secure our elections, but the fight is far from over...
We need YOUR help to ensure that Senate Bill (SB) 285 also advances through the Michigan House of Representatives as soon as possible.
Can we count on you to contact your member of the State House and ask them to support SB 285 if and when it comes before them for a vote?
You can reach your State House Member in one easy step using this simple contact form (see right) that we're making available here on LifeSite's Action Center.
With one click, your message will be sent directly to your Representative without having to look up any contact details.
Then, be sure to SHARE this important message with your friends and family, and ask them to do the same.
This specific bill, which was introduced by State Senator Lana Theis and co-sponsored by Republican members of the Michigan Senate, was originally introduced back in March. It gained approval from the full Senate on June 16th, in a 19-16 vote.
Should it become law, SB 285 would require all Michiganders requesting an absentee or mail-in ballot to provide a proper form of identification (original or copy) in order to apply in person or through the mail.
Per the language of the bill, voters may present any one of the following to their city/township clerk in person, or as a mailed attachment to their application:
- Your Michigan driver license number
- Your official Michigan personal identification card number
- The last 4 digits of your Social Security number
Those unable to produce such identification would be issued a provisional absentee ballot instead, which, like provisional ballots currently, would not be counted on Election Day and rather subject to further verification before tabulation.
This requirement would also apply to Michiganders who are serving and/or live overseas.
If these sound like common-sense reforms to protect the integrity of our elections, that's because they are. In fact, SB 285 will help accomplish what every state should be working towards after the chaos and confusion of the 2020 election: A state elections system that makes it easy for citizens to vote, but difficult for anybody to cheat.
But even with a Republican majority in the State House of Representatives, liberal Governor Gretchen Whitmer has already indicated that she plans to VETO any election integrity legislation that comes to her desk.
That's why it's so important that we let our State House Members know that we support strengthening voter ID requirements, and that SB 285 has the support of Michiganders across our state.
Please take a few minutes today to reach out to your State House Member and urge them to support Senate Bill 285 if and when it comes to the floor for a vote.
Now is the time to protect EVERY Michigander's vote and secure our state's elections for generations to come.
And we can make that happen by approving common-sense measures like the ones offered in SB 285 as soon as possible.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Learn more about SB 285 and read its full text HERE: https://legiscan.com/MI/bill/SB0285/2021
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