Secure MI Vote submitted an initiative petition, a proposed law, to the State Board of Canvassers, which approved the summary’s wording of it. Signature gathering may have commenced on Oct. 1. The initiative would suppress voting insofar as it:
- mandates that people disclose partial Social Security numbers when registering to vote.
- restricts options for registered voters to verify their identity. Acceptable forms of photo ID would include a driver’s license, state ID card, passport, military ID, tribal ID, or student ID issued by a university, junior college, or community college.
- requires voters applying for an absentee ballot to include their driver’s license or state ID number, along with the last four digits of their Social Security number, on their application.
- prohibits election officials from sending or providing absentee applications unless asked.
- spends $3 million providing free photo identification.
- bans charitable contributions, including volunteer time, to help administer elections.
- allows the Legislature to adopt the law without a vote of the people and block a peoples’ referendum vote after adoption.
The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission (MICRC) needs your input about its draft maps in October—this is the month when the MICRC can still tweak its maps. By November, the public will only be able to urge the MICRC to use one or another entire set of maps, that is Set A or Set B for State House districts, for example.
9/30-10/1 - MICRC will vote on DRAFT maps.
10/4 - Draft maps available
10/18-10/26 - Public hearings, including 10/18 in Grand Rapids, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 1-3:30 & 5-8pm.
Other hearings: 10/20 in Detroit, 10/21 in Lansing, 10/25 in Gaylord, 10/26 in Flint. All 1-3:30 and 5-8pm.
One may testify at a hearing in person or virtually, and provide input at any time via the MICRC’s portal.
11/5 - MICRC will vote on proposed maps. (Public may comment for 45 days but only yes or no for an entire set of maps.)
12/30 - First date MICRC may vote on final maps.
The League of Women Voters of Michigan is holding a series of educational webinars to inform residents about the maps proposed by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC). The webinar for Isabella County is Thursday, October 21 at 7 pm. The public will have opportunities to comment on the maps during MICRC hearings; they are free and open to the public. Register here.
How to Help Maintain Democracy
One of the easiest things you can do is sign up for Voters Not Politicians’ “Dial for Democracy” action. They alert you when legislative action is going to occur in Lansing and give you talking points and the link to send your message. Super easy – it takes ten minutes to complete – and it makes a difference!