Nineteen non-profits in Michigan are backing a voters’ rights proposal for this fall’s general election.
If the proposal gets on the ballot and is passed, it would give active military members access to absentee ballots 45 days prior to election day, allowing them to return them up to 6 days after election day if they are dated and stamped prior to Nov. 8. The proposal would also give civilians access to absentee ballots 40 days beforehand, with the ability to vote in person up to 9 days early.
Voters would also have the option to confirm their identity by signing an affidavit if they cannot provide a photo I.D. when registering either in person or through the mail. Voters Not Politicians Executive Director Nancy Wang says this proposal would not make voter fraud easier in any way.
Instead, she says the goal is to make voting easier for those eligible. “We’re not worried about an increase in voter fraud and we’re not concerned about past fraud because 250 audits of the 2020 election show there’s no evidence of fraud whatsoever,” Wang said.
Each group campaigning for the Promote the Vote proposal has until July 11 to get the required signatures if the proposal is to be included on November’s ballot.
If it makes it to the ballot, Michigan voters will have a chance to vote for or against the proposition on Nov. 8.
This story was originally published by WLUC-TV here: https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/2022/04/11/michigan-non-profits-seek-get-promote-vote-proposal-general-election-ballot/