Vote and Vote for Reproduction Freedom Campaigns Submit Signatures
Two constitutional amendment campaigns submitted signatures on Monday to qualify to appear on the November ballot, one titled “Promoting Vote 2022” and the other titled “Reproductive Freedom for All.”
The first would expand early voting and ballot boxes, protect against voter intimidation, improve mail-in ballot tracking and other measures to modernize election administration.
Michael Davis Jr., executive director of Promote the Vote, said the goal is to ensure that no matter what party or candidate someone supports, where they live or what they look like, their voice will be heard. and his vote will be counted.
“What we know is that Michigan voters want a secure and accessible electoral system,” Davis said. “The common sense provisions of Promote the Vote 2022 do just that.”
Organizers of Promote the Vote 2022 delivered nearly 670,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. Opponents have argued that such policies lead to voter fraud, but there is little evidence to support these claims.
The Reproductive Freedom for All initiative has submitted over 753,000 signatures. If approved by voters, it would guarantee a person’s right to make their own decisions about abortion and other facets of reproductive care.
Michigan has a 1931 books law banning abortion, but it is currently blocked by a court injunction.
Renee Chelian, president and CEO of Northland Family Planning Centers, noted that the need has become even more pressing since the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
“People are outraged and angry, and then want to do something to take back that right,” Chelian argued. “A lot of people who are unsure about abortion, or who have even told us they are against abortion, sign our petitions because they say it has gone too far.”
Michigan’s legislature has taken no action on reproductive rights, despite opinion polls showing a majority of voters in the state support abortion rights.
Amendment supporters cite Michigan’s gerrymandered districts, which tend to favor Republicans, as one reason and hope new maps drawn by an independent commission that will be used for the first time this year will lead to more competition and equity in Lansing.