May 1, 2014: Law Day

WHEREAS, Law Day is an occasion of public acknowledgement of our nation’s and Michigan’s heritage of justice, liberty and equality under the law, and May 1st has been declared “Law Day” by the United States Congress; and

WHEREAS, The American Bar Association has identified the theme for Law Day 2014 as “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters”; and

WHEREAS, Voting is the cornerstone of democratic government; and

WHEREAS, Citizens’ participation in the political process ensures that government is truly by the people and reinforces the legitimacy of the rule of law; and

WHEREAS, Every eligible voter is entitled to have an equal opportunity to have his or her voice heard at the ballot box; and

WHEREAS, This Law Day occurs as our Nation prepares to commemorate the fiftieth anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, two landmark pieces of legislation protecting the civil, economic, and political rights of Americans; and

WHEREAS, Local, state, and federal government all benefit when voters exercise their rights, thereby ensuring that government is truly reflective of the people whom it represents;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim May 1, 2014, as Law Day in Michigan.