Statement from House Democratic Leader Hammel on Gov. Rick Snyder's veto of voter suppression bills

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

“I congratulate Gov. Rick Snyder on his brave decision to veto three of the more egregious bills in the voter suppression package. The package as a whole would have discouraged thousands of Michigan voters from going to the polls and disenfranchised many more while doing nothing to make elections more fair. Studies have repeatedly shown that Michigan has no problem with voter fraud. As the Governor said, voting rights are precious and we need to work especially hard to make it possible for people to vote. House Democrats have always done more to encourage people to get out and vote, not put hurdles between them and the voting booth. I am glad to see that Gov. Snyder has sided with the House Democratic Caucus against some of the most harmful parts of this package.”