LANSING, Michigan—Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley today helped lead a coalition of Black mayors who called on lawmakers to reject voter suppression efforts introduced in the state Senate under the guise of election reform.
Mayor Neeley and Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad also met privately today with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist to discuss the impact of the 39-bill package introduced by Michigan Republicans.
“These proposals are un-American and an attack on our fundamental right to vote,” Mayor Neeley said. “We are proud to have Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist join our efforts and be a leading voice against all efforts to create undue burdens for voters.”
The meeting with Gilchrist was part of outreach that coincided with a press conference today on the Capitol steps by a coalition of Michigan black mayors.
The coalition of mayors also delivered an open letter to lawmakers introduced by Mayor Neeley urging them to reject the proposals. Among the lowlights of the proposed legislation: