Time to Protect Vote, Provide Transparency and Promote Accessibility

Godfrey Dillard B4 Oct 1Did you know that the Michigan Secretary of State allocates only 3 percent ($7 million) of its $224 million budget to the election process?

This is woefully inadequate to improve the access to voting. As I crisscross the state, registered voters’ typical respond to this outrageous fact with a chorus of boos and hisses.

I don’t blame them.

If elected this fall on November 4, I’m ready to hit the ground running. I will aggressively carry out what I call the three Ps:

• protect the vote

• provide transparency

• promote accessibility

I’ll lobby the state legislature to authorize absentee ballot voting for any reason; institute voting pilot programs to evaluate voting by mail, early, same day voting, and registration proposals, etc.; improve services for seniors and the physically challenged; direct policies to restrict the ability of insurance companies to influence elections; improve data protection and audit current technology and voting machines to ensure authenticity of the vote.

Who am I?

As the son of a Tuskegee Airman who was a member of the historic 99th Fighter Squadron. I have worked my entire life to embody the ideals and tenacity they demonstrated. After my father’s military service, my parents were entrepreneurs who owned a grocery store and real estate business, giving me an appreciation of the needs of small business. My work for the U.S. State Department overseas gave me insight into the challenges of international trade and globalization.

I am a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan Law School and George Washington University with a master’s degree in international affairs. I am a married and a father of two.

I’ve spent my life breaking barriers and advancing civil rights inside and outside the courtroom. I was one of the first African-American basketball players to integrate the Southeastern Conference, and I led my college’s first Black newspaper and Afro-American student association. As a lawyer, I’ve fought for civil rights and I served as lead counsel to a group of University of Michigan students of color in the case in which the United States Supreme Court preserved affirmative action.

I’m ready to serve the state of Michigan as your next Secretary of State, with your vote we will protect the fundamental right to vote, provide transparency and promote accessibility for all.

Simply put, I’m a fighter.

If elected, I will have the great pleasure of the being the first African-American Secretary of State since Richard H. Austin, who was first elected in 1970. Bottom line: I’m ready to serve the state of Michigan as your next Secretary of State. With your vote I will protect our fundamental right to vote, to restore transparency and to promote accessibility for all.

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