Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) on Friday criticized efforts by the Republican Party in several states to reform electoral rules, arguing that the Republican Party is currently “run by people who do not believe in democracy.”
During an interview on friday With MSNBC’s Ali Velshi, Benson said that recently passed or proposed laws in some states are a direct response to “great emancipation ”in recent elections, including in 2020, when a record number of people voted, especially those from minority communities.
“Everything is in jeopardy if you don’t have that power to determine who represents you and hold them accountable,” Benson said. “And for those who are now in leadership trying to remove that power, it is reprehensible.”
The interview followed the governor of Georgia. Brian kempBrian Kemp Democrats see Georgia as an opening salvo in the war on voting rights Tornado kills at least 1 in Newnan, Georgia Bill Clinton on Georgia’s new voting restrictions: ‘An attack on our democracy’ MORE‘s (R) Thursday night’s signing of a controversial law imposing extensive voting restrictions on the state, including limiting the number of polling locations and requiring photo identification to vote absentee. The law also gives state legislators broad powers over how elections are conducted.
Michigan senators introduced similar legislation Wednesday that places limits on absentee voting in the state, including identification requirements and prevention have the secretary of state submit unsolicited absentee ballot requests or make them available online.
Republicans argue that the bills would help restore confidence in the state’s voting system that they themselves helped undermine over months of discredited claims that Michigan election results were rigged with widespread fraud.
However, Benson, who after the 2020 elections faced threats of violence from some of the President TrumpDonald Trump Democrats see Georgia as an opening salvo in the war on voting rights MLB could move Georgia’s All-Star Game after controversial new voter restrictions Biden fires most of the advisory council members of the DHS PLUSSupporters of voting to certify President Biden’s victory said Friday that Michigan’s proposed voting laws “it would make it much more difficult for people to actually access the “right to vote.”
“It’s a number of things that make the administration of voting rights in Michigan very, very difficult and it will have a clear impact by making it difficult for people to vote, particularly in historically disadvantaged communities, urban communities, among young voters.” Benson said.
He went on to say that recent proposals “really underscore that the Republican Party in Michigan and across the country is a party led by people who don’t believe in democracy.”
“History teaches us that often after those moments of great emancipation, disenfranchisement efforts come … and that is also what we are seeing now,” Benson said.
Democrats have criticized the list of new bills, with President Biden on Friday. calling the new Georgia law “Jim Crow in the 21st Century ”due to the disproportionate impact it is expected to have on black voters in the state, which resulted in record numbers in 2020 and 2021 to secure electoral victories for Democrats.
Kemp, however, delayed about this characterization, writing in a statement: “There is nothing ‘Jim Crow’ about requiring a photo or state-issued identification to vote absentee; all Georgia voters must already do so when voting in person.”