Don't Be Fraud Foolish: LeaveMiVoteAlone

Posted on 01/29/22 by Careena Eggleston

En Español

A petition drive is underway in Michigan to create unnecessary and potentially risky new requirements for Michigan voters who rely on absentee voting. If adopted by the Legislature, the proposal would require voters to add their driver’s license number or part of their Social Security number to their absent voter application.  

AARP has long warned against sharing such information, especially the last four digits of a Social Security number, due to the risk for identity theft. Adding such information to absentee voter applications will create a new treasure trove of personal information ripe for potential identity thieves to steal. 

Across Michigan, there’s no doubt that older voters would be disproportionately affected by this proposal. In the 2020 election, 65% of the 3.3 million voters who cast absentee ballots were age 50 or over. And during the last three elections in Michigan, between 55 and 60% of the total votes cast were by voters aged 50+. 

Join AARP Michigan in the fight against the proposal with this link. Tell your state legislators to LeaveMiVoteAlone - that you oppose any proposal that creates a barrier to voting and increases the risk of identity theft for seniors and other absentee voters. 

AARP believes the right to vote is a fundamental human right. All Americans should be able to exercise their right to vote freely, easily, and safely. States should reject onerous requirements for proof of identity.  

Read more about AARP's positions on voting here. 
 
For frequently asked questions, use this link. 
 
Spread the message on social media using the hashtag #LeaveMiVoteAlone. 


About identity theft…

Research shows that older adults are more susceptible to identity fraud and in Michigan, such crimes are on the uptick.

  • In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission reported that Michigan identified more cases of identity theft than any other state in the country.  
  • In 2020, identity theft was the most common fraud reported in Michigan. More than 24,000 Michiganders lost an average of $590 per person. While some individuals reported recovering their identity in a month, others are still trying to recover more than a year later.  

Sending copies or written numbers of driver’s licenses or Social Security cards puts citizens at a greater risk for identity theft and is wrong.

This story is provided by AARP Michigan. Visit the AARP Michigan page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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