The board of trustees of Michigan State University has launched a controversial resolution that seeks to curb the political activism of university vendors tied to voter identification and what supporters have called efforts to “voter suppression.” We postponed the vote.
The “Accountability for College Vendors That Fund Voter Suppression” resolution was removed from the Board’s agenda Thursday night and, as originally expected, was not put to a vote during Friday’s Board meeting. .
If passed, the resolution, sponsored by Democratic councilors Lemma Vassar and Kerry Tevey, would call on politically active vendors hired by universities to “defeat efforts to undermine our democracy.” It calls for “to take concrete measures for
Some of these efforts include reaching out to legislators to tell them “the importance of opposing voter suppression laws” and promoting the values that vendors “support free and fair access to the democratic process.” may include “adjusting” the endorsements of candidates who have
The resolution targeted the Secure Mi Vote initiative, a petition initiative calling for stricter voter ID requirements, and other Republican-backed election integrity measures. Sponsors of the Voter ID Initiative submitted over 500,000 signatures in late July. This requires absentee voters to provide their driver’s license number, state personal ID number, and the last four digits of their social security number. and must return within 6 days to verify your identity and count your votes.
University spokeswoman Emily Geraint confirmed Friday that the resolution was not brought up by the board during the meeting.
“The Trustees are passionate about voting and are passionate about encouraging people to vote,” said Board Chair Dianne Byrum.
“Even if we withdraw the resolution today, our passion and support to ensure equal access to the vote for all citizens, especially students, Black, Brown, and working class individuals and families, will not last for a moment. neither is lost.”
Byram added that he expects board members to continue to speak out on efforts to suppress voters.
Several Trustees mentioned the resolution as Board members submitted comments at the end of the meeting.
Democratic board member Brianna Scott said she was personally disappointed that the board did not go ahead with the resolution, and apologized to everyone who attended the meeting hoping the bill would be voted on.
“Sorry we can’t do that,” Scott said to the audience.
In an opinion column for the Detroit News, Scott said he was disheartened by comments questioning whether passing the resolution could pose problems for universities in securing funding from the Republican-led state legislature. rice field.
She also expressed her continued support for the measure.
“I believe that anyone who supports people who knowingly engage in activities that make it difficult for people to vote should be banished….I will stand by it until the day I die,” she said. Told.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Sharkey (Republican Clark Lake) told The Detroit News about the resolution: .”
“We’re not going to lay this down,” Sharkey added.
Republican MSU board member Melanie Foster told The News ahead of the conference:
The MSU board has a 5-3 Democratic majority.
Other councilors generally spoke of the importance of MSUVote, a university initiative that facilitates student access to voting resources.
“As someone who has historically been left out of the ballot box … we need to think about how we can make sure everyone else has the same access,” said Councilor Lenny Jefferson.
Republican Governor Pat O’Keeffe also commented on the importance of voting rights.
“Voting is an important right we all have….It’s a great responsibility, but it’s also a great right,” he said.