Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema released the following statement regarding protecting election integrity.
“Hate has no place in the City of Kalamazoo and we strongly denounce the Proud Boys and other hate groups that promote racism and seek to instigate violence and mayhem through their words and actions. In Kalamazoo, we embrace the diversity of our community and everything hate groups like the Proud Boys represent is contrary to our values, beliefs and culture.
We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our residents and visitors. As the November election draws near, we are taking proactive measures to ensure all Kalamazoo residents can safely and efficiently cast their votes - whether by mail, during early voting or at the polls on Election Day. We will not tolerate voter intimidation, voter harassment or voter suppression and we reject attempts by individuals and groups that seek to put up roadblocks and impediments to voting or participating in our Democratic process. Every vote will be counted accurately, and we encourage all Kalamazoo residents regardless of political party to participate and do so without fear.”