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Michigan Legislature Sends Bill Permitting Paid Voter Transportation to Governor

ID: Two women sitting in the backseat of a car. One looking out the window and the other looking at her phone.

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that would overturn an 1891 law that makes it a misdemeanor to hire transportation to take voters to the polls unless they are physically unable to walk.

The bill has already passed the Michigan House of Representatives, and now heads to the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who is expected to sign the legislation.

The ban also prohibits rideshare companies, like Uber and Lyft, from providing free or discounted rides to the polls on Election Day. Michigan is the only state in the country with a strict law that criminalizes third-party transportation of voters, and Uber has previously said the company offered the rides to voters in every other state in the country, but could not in Michigan as a result of the ban.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) praised the passage of the bill in a statement, describing the ban as discriminatory and arguing that it “unfairly restricted the voting rights of seniors, people with disabilities, young voters, and anyone with transportation challenges.”


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