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Every State, Every Vote: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Protects Voting Rights by Vetoing Legislation That Would Suppress the Vote and Undermine Trust in Our Democracy

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In the face of continuing Republican assaults on our democracy, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is safeguarding Michiganders’ right to vote by vetoing several bills which aimed to suppress the vote and undermine trust in our elections.

“I will always protect our civil rights and stand up for our democracy that countless Americans have fought to preserve,” said Gov. Whitmer. “That’s why I vetoed legislation that would have perpetuated the ‘Big Lie’ or made it harder for Michiganders to vote.”

Gov. Whitmer says Republicans’ coordinated attack seeks to undermine confidence in Michigan’s elections and disenfranchise Black voters, communities of color, older voters, and college students. These bills perpetuated the ongoing dangerous and false claims about the 2020 election by suggesting non-existent defects in the election system.

This comes as 11 out of the 12 Republican candidates for governor in Michigan refused to denounce dangerous conspiracy theories about the 2020 election when asked directly — even though the results have been certified and officially audited by trusted local election officials and both Republican and Democratic-appointed judges have rejected dozens of lawsuits challenging the outcome.

“The governor demonstrated once again that she is the people’s governor,” said NAACP Detroit Chapter President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony. 

DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton said: “When it comes to safeguarding our democracy from Republican attacks, Democratic governors are the last line of defense. By vetoing these bills, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is once again putting Michigan first by proving there’s no place for voter suppression in the Great Lakes State.”