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GM, Ford leaders join in voicing opposition to voting restrictions

GM, Ford leaders join in voicing opposition to voting restrictions
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General Motors and Ford on Tuesday joined other major Michigan-based companies in speaking out against the state’s GOP-sponsored legislation that would create new voting restrictions, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The automotive giants were joined by other big companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield and Quicken Loans in issuing a joint statement on the proposed bill.

"We represent Michigan’s largest companies, many of which operate on a national basis. We feel a responsibility to add our voice as changes are proposed to voting laws in Michigan and other states," the statement said.

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The proposed bill will require absentee voters to mail in a paper copy of their ID with their ballot application, shorten the deadline for returning absentee ballots and bar clerks from purchasing prepaid postage for absentee ballot return envelopes, along with other measures. 

Republicans argued that some bills in the package will expand voting opportunities. State Democrats are discussing a possible separate voter initiative to counter that move.

The moves in Michigan come after Georgia faced major backlash for passing its own voting rights bill package, which was signed into law.

Republicans are expected to begin committee hearings on the package of bills this week. Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerWho's taking care of your kids on Father's Day? The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Whitmer announces Michigan reopening MORE (D) is not expected to sign any bill, but Republicans in the state have said they plan to go around the governor with a petition initiative to get the legislation passed.

The state Senate is expected to begin consideration of the proposed bill on Wednesday.