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    Gov. Whitmer asks Michigan business leaders to oppose voting ‘barriers’


    Mackinac Island — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer directly asked the state’s business leaders on Wednesday to oppose efforts that would create “barriers to voting” as Republicans prepare a petition campaign to impose new identification requirements for casting ballots.

    The request was part of the Democratic governor’s keynote address at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference, a four-day gathering of business, civic and government officials on Mackinac Island.

    Whitmer’s 35-minute speech focused heavily on political divisions in the battleground state, saying, at one point, that people should put time “on your calendar towards addressing” the topic. Residents must embrace that “disagreeing without being disagreeable is a strength,” she said.

    “I also ask you, as business leaders, to take a stand against efforts to undermine our elections and voting rights, including right here in Michigan,” Whitmer told the audience.

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