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Michigan proposal aims to expand voting methods

Posted at 3:09 PM, Oct 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-06 15:09:30-04

Michigan voters will have their say on whether to expand voting methods and options, and enshrine them into the constitution.

The ballot measure under consideration next month would allow same-day registration, no-reason absentee ballots and straight-party voting. It also would automatically register people when they conduct business with the secretary of state unless they opt out.

The proposal is unusual for all it encompasses, when compared with what goes on many other states' ballots.

Backers, which include the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the League of Women Voters and NAACP branches, say the initiative would make voting more accessible and secure.

GOP secretary of state hopeful Mary Treder Lang counters some provisions are duplicative and will "add more bureaucracy, red tape and government regulations."

Recent polling shows strong support.