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.

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Absentee voters now are supposed to be 60 or older, be out of town when the polls are open or meet other criteria.

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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.

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