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Statement from Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber on Senate Republican vote to eliminate straight-party voting

LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber issued the following statement tonight in response to the Michigan Senate’s vote to eliminate straight-party voting in Michigan.

“This bill is an absolute disgrace. It’s another partisan power grab that will mean long lines at the polls next November, making it harder for our seniors and people who live in urban communities to vote. That’s just shameful.

“Governor Snyder should do the right thing and veto this anti-democratic legislation. Instead of making it harder to vote, lawmakers should go back to the drawing board and focus on making it easier for people to vote, by passing laws that allow no-reason absentee voting, early voting, and same-day registration.

“Our American democracy should work for ‘We the People,’ not just the wealthy. If Lansing Republicans keep creating new obstacles to voting, then Michigan’s working people need to send them a message next November by voting them out of office.”

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