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New Website Sends Coal to Lansing Politicians Who Made Voting Harder in Michigan holds politicians accountable for repealing straight-party voting

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LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO launched a new website to hold lawmakers accountable for passing legislation last night that will make voting harder in Michigan. allows voters to send a letter to their state representative on Senate Bill 13, which will eliminate straight-party voting in Michigan. Legislators who voted for these bills will be placed on Santa’s “Naughty List,” and receive a lump of coal for the holidays.

“We should be making it easier to vote in Michigan, not harder,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “This legislation will mean longer lines at the polls next year, plain and simple. Making it harder for seniors and people of color to make their voice heard at the ballot box is downright un-American. We’re putting Lansing politicians on notice that they should go back to the drawing board and work on legislation that expands access to voting. Otherwise, we will be notifying the one million active and retired union members in Michigan about how their elected officials voted on these important bills.”

On behalf of Michigan’s working people, the Michigan AFL-CIO will deliver lumps of coal to the offices of state legislators who voted for SB 13 prior to the legislature’s holiday recess.


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