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(Updated) Gov. Rick Snyder vetoes parts of the "Secure & Fair Voter Elections Initiative"

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Updated July 3, 2012 @ 6:23 PM:
Letter to Michigan Senate from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder detailing reasoning on his vetoes of S.B. 754 & S.B. 803 has been added below.

In a surprising move in a veto Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has issued a partial denial of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's (R) "Secure and Fair Elections Initiative" package.

Critics say measure was designed to suppress voter rights in upcoming Local, State and Federal elections, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed significant portions of a Republican-crafted legislative elections packages on Tuesday, July 3rd.

Critics of this plan viewed the bills S.B. 751, S.B. 754S.B. 803 & H.B. 5061 as a means of voter suppression. Measures vetoed by Gov. Snyder  S.B. 751 and S.B. 754 included a highly controversial statue requiring a photo ID for first voter registration or to obtain an absentee ballot.

Many African-American activists, including Detroit Rainbow Push Leader-Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, claimed these statues amount to an attempt to deter voting by the urban poor.

"It is clear that voter integrity is a code word for voter suppression. These legislative policies are clear attempts to disenfranchise American voters, restrict voter behavior and destroy the democratic fabric of this country. These practices should be condemned and struck down unequivocally,” said D. Alexander Bullock.
Detroit Branch of the NAACP General Counsel Attorney Melvin Butch Hollwell stated Michigan Senate Bill 754, as written, would have not passed Federal Election Law statues and added confusion for voters participating in August 7th primary elections.
“A Bill very similar to SB 754 was recently struck down by a Florida Federal court and we know it would not have passed legal muster in Michigan either,” said Atty. Melvin Butch Hollwell, General Counsel, Detroit Branch NAACP.   
“Here it is just one month before the Primary election, and clerks across the state have received no information about how these Bills would work. It was a recipe for disaster at the polls.”   

Snyder said in a statement to the Detroit Free Press:
That although,“he appreciates the issue of ensuring voters are eligible and U.S. citizens, however this legislation could create voter confusion among absentee voters.”
Snyder did sign into law a S.B. 751 aimed at removing the names of dead or departed voters from the registration rolls, along with other measures aimed at providing better ballot security and more transparency for start-up political parties.

Update: The letter from Governor Snyder (forwarded by ROJS News Facebook Fan Erin WC-Thanks Erin!) to the Michigan Senate on his vetoes on S.B. 754 & 803 is included below:

Governor Snyder's Letter on Vetoes of SB 754 & 803

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