Lions, Tigers, Pistons executives sign letter against Michigan voting restrictions

The ballot constraint costs that just recently passed in Georgia brought a great deal of debate to the state, and now Michigan may be next. 

In action to a Republican-sponsored costs proposed in the Michigan legislature that would make it harder for disenfranchised populations to exercise their constitutional right to vote, mlive.com reported that magnates from Detroit’s 4 significant sports groups signed a letter that challenge any legislation that makes it more difficult to vote. 

Detroit Lions president Rod Wood, Detroit Tigers and Detroit Redwings owner Christopher Ilitch, and Detroit Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem all signed the letter that was launched on Tuesday, prior to considerations are anticipated to begin in the Michigan Senate. 

“Government must support equitable access to the ballot to ensure that all eligible voters can exercise their rights,” the letter states. “Government must avoid actions that reduce participation in elections — particularly among historically disenfranchised communities, persons with disabilities, older adults, racial minorities and low-income voters.”

In addition to sports executives, magnates from 30 of Michigans biggest business likewise signed on to the letter, consisting of Blue Cross Blue Guard of Michigan, Ford, Quicken Loans, and General Motors.

Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood speaks.

Detroit Lions group president Rod Wood is among 4 significant Michigan sports executives that have actually come out versus the state’s proposed citizen limitations. (Picture by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto through Getty Images)

What would the Michigan costs do?

Comparable to the Georgia ballot costs, the Michigan plan, which consists of 39 various expenses, does consist of a couple of products that will make voting simpler, like an additional day of early ballot. However according to mlive.com, the huge bulk of the expenses consist of steps that would limit voting gain access to. A photo ID would be required for both in-person voting and absentee ballot applications. Absentee ballot applications would no longer be automatically mailed to residents. Access to curbside ballot drop boxes would be restricted. The government would be barred from providing prepaid postage on absentee ballot return envelopes. 

By a 2-to-1 margin, Michigan voters approved expanded absentee voting access in 2018 as part of a vote to amend the state constitution. The New York Times reported that the new package of expenses would roll back most of those voter-approved expansions.

It’s a positive step that executives from Michigan’s largest companies are being proactive about this voting restriction package. Executives from Georgia companies didn’t weigh in on the bill until after it had been signed into law, and by then it was too late. 

However, the state needs more than just sweeping statements about voter gain access to. Calling for lawmakers to “proceed in the spirit of inclusion and equality” is great, but what happens if the costs ends up being a law? Ideally this letter isn’t those CEOs last words on the topic, and they’re all set to act if limitations are enacted. 

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.