General Motors, Ford and numerous other Michigan companies issued a joint statement this week opposing new Republican-backed bills seeking to alter voting laws in the state.
The Michigan Senate will begin hearings on the proposed election bills shortly, The Detroit News reports, which will require voters to show ID when voting in person, prohibit unsolicited statewide mass mailing of absentee ballot applications and restrict the hours in which ballots could be dropped off at curbside ballot boxes. Additionally, the legislation would require voters that do apply for an absentee ballot to attach a copy of their ID to the application before sending it in.
The joint statement issued this week said the proposed legislation would make it harder for certain individuals to vote in the state.
“Government must support equitable access to the ballot to ensure that all eligible voters can exercise their rights,” the statement said. “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 General Motors and Ford, the joint statement was also signed by Stellantis, executives from all four Detroit professional sports teams and Michigan utilities provider DTE Energy.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra also addressed the proposed legislation in a post on her LinkedIn page this week entitled ‘Voting Matters‘. In the post, Barra said GM is “calling on state lawmakers across the nation to work together in a bipartisan way to ensure that any changes to voting laws preserve and enhance the most precious element of democracy – the right to vote in a fair, free, and equitable manner.”
“Over the course of our nation’s history, the right to vote was hard fought for so many Americans, particularly women and people of color,” the post also said. “We call on elected officials across the country to commit to bipartisan efforts to provide great access to voting and to encourage broad voter participation.”