LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan voters could cast an absentee ballot for any reason under legislation pending on the floor of the state House.
The bill approved by a committee Wednesday would let voters go to their clerk’s office, show identification and ask for an absentee ballot.READ MORE: Jalen Rose Brings COVID Vaccine Clinic To Detroit Academy
Absentee voters now are supposed to be 60 or older, be out of town when the polls are open or meet other criteria.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment In Your Future?
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons of Alto, says expanding absentee voting could alleviate longer lines on Election Day if Michigan eliminates the straight-ticket option that allows voters with a single mark to vote one party for every partisan office. Lyons has scheduled a hearing Thursday on a Senate-passed bill – which she supports – to do away with the straight-party option.MORE NEWS: American Heart Foundation To Host 2021 Detroit Heart Walk On May 15
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