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Michigan Governor Right to Veto Restrictive Voting Bill

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) vetoed a package of restrictive voting laws today. One bill would have restricted voter registration drives, using a provision similar to one in Florida that was blocked by a federal judge last month.

July 3, 2012

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) vetoed a pack­age of restrict­ive voting laws today. One bill would have restric­ted voter regis­tra­tion drives, using a provi­sion similar to one in Flor­ida that was blocked by a federal judge last month.

“Gov. Snyder did the right thing by veto­ing this restrict­ive bill, which would have been bad for Michigan voters and could have viol­ated federal law,” said Diana Kasdan, coun­sel for the Bren­nan Center’s Demo­cracy Program. “In the past two years, a wave of restrict­ive laws has passed across the coun­try that could make it harder for millions of eligible Amer­ic­ans to vote. These meas­ures, like the one in Michigan, are bad policy and must be rejec­ted. It is good Gov. Snyder recog­nized that fact.”

At least 180 restrict­ive voting meas­ures have been intro­duced since the begin­ning of 2011. Gov. Snyder is the first Repub­lican to veto one of these bills. Recently, former Repub­lican elec­ted offi­cials, includ­ing Charlie Crist of Flor­ida and Arne Carlson of Minnesota, have come out against these meas­ures.

Read an op-ed in The Detroit News from the Bren­nan Center and the League of Women Voters of Michigan explain­ing our oppos­i­tion to the bill.

For more inform­a­tion, visit our Elec­tion 2012 page. To set up an inter­view, please contact Erik Opsal at erik.opsal@nyu.edu or 646–292–8356.