Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights endorse Proposal 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022
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Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights endorse Proposal 2

Joins growing list of Michigan groups supporting the ballot initiative that boosts voting access, election security

DETROIT, Mich. – The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights has announced its support for Proposal 2, a ballot initiative that will protect the fundamental right to vote in Michigan.

“For carpenters, millwrights and skilled trades professionals who work on the clock at job sites across the state, Proposal 2 is absolutely vital to ensuring that we can cast our ballots easily and securely,” said Tom Lutz, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters. “The hardworking men and women who build and maintain Michigan’s roads, bridges, homes and office buildings, power plants and other critical infrastructure should not have to choose between exercising their right to vote and earning a day’s wages. Proposal 2 can help make sure professionals working in construction and skilled trades are heard.”

MRCC represents more than 14,000 men and women working in the construction industry, and building and maintaining some of the most important heavy machinery in power plants and manufacturing facilities.

Promote the Vote 2022, the campaign supporting Proposal 2, noted the key provisions of the ballot initiative:

  • Recognize the fundamental right to vote without harassing conduct.
  • Require military or overseas ballots to be counted if postmarked by Election Day.
  • Continue current law that provides voters the right to verify identity with photo ID or signed statement.
  • Provide the voter right to a single application to vote absentee in all elections.
  • Require state-funded absentee-ballot drop boxes, and postage for absentee applications and ballots.
  • Provide that only election officials may conduct post-election audits.
  • Require nine days of early in-person voting.
  • Allow donations to fund election administration, which must be disclosed.
  • Require canvass boards to certify election results based only on the official records of votes cast.