The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes.
“The Michigan Democratic Party is deeply disappointed in the decision issued by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Michigan is the only state in the country that does not allow drivers to be paid to transport voters to polling locations on Election Day. Every voter in this country, including Michiganders has the right to access the polls. For some, that simply means they need a ride. Given the wide discrepancy of the availability of mass transit across Michigan, the option to use a rideshare program like Uber or Lyft, both of which offer free rides to polling locations on election day in 49 other states, could be a resource for voters. But not in Michigan. The Republicans have once again purposefully created another barrier to voting. The fact that our courts are supporting these efforts is just another reason that we need to elect Democrats up and down the ticket, including to the State Supreme Court.”