Tell Legislators: Leave MI Vote Alone!
A petition drive is underway in Michigan to create unnecessary and potentially risky new requirements for Michigan voters who rely on absentee voting. If adopted by the Legislature, this proposal would require voters to include a photocopy or add their driver’s license number or last four digits of their Social Security number to any absentee voter application.
In addition to creating a new hurdle for voters exercising their constitutional right to vote, this proposal would create new risks of identity theft for everyone who votes absentee.
AARP Michigan opposes this proposal because mailing or emailing a copy of your driver’s license or social security card, or mailing those numbers written out, can subject individuals to identity theft if their mail or email gets intercepted. AARP has long warned against sharing this information, especially the last four digits of your Social Security number!
If this proposal succeeds it will create a dangerous new treasure trove of personal information that is ripe for potential identity thieves to target and steal. And there is no doubt that older voters would be disproportionately affected. In the 2020 election, 64% of the 3.3 million voters who cast absentee ballots were age 50 or over. During the last three elections in Michigan, between 55 and 60% of total votes cast were by voters age 50 and over.
AARP believes any legislation on election reform should protect and enhance access to voting and ensure safety for older voters and others who participate in the process. You can find out more about AARP Michigan’s efforts to protect voting rights and prevent identify theft at: AARPMI.org/LeaveMIVoteAlone
Take action now! Please help protect Michigan voters by contacting your State Representative and State Senator. Urge them to VOTE NO on any proposal that creates barriers to absentee voting and increases your risk of identity theft.
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Your State Representative and Senator