The following can be attributed to Jamie Lyons-Eddy, Director of Campaigns & Programs for Voters Not Politicians, on long lines at polling places and clerk offices across the state of Michigan leading up to the primary election:
Multi-hour waits to register and vote for any Michigan resident, whether they live in a township, in a city, or on a college campus, are simply unacceptable. We will continue to move forward with our Nights & Weekends program to push for reforms and funding to empower clerks to provide extended hours and satellite locations for registration and voting before and on Election Day.
We’re also pushing for state laws like those that have been introduced in the House and Senate to help clerks expedite counting of increased numbers of absentee ballots. It’s time to work together to make sure all Michiganders have fair and equal voting access.
More information on the Nights & Weekends program to increase access to voting in Michigan — especially in areas where turnout has been low in recent elections — by collaborating with local clerks and municipalities to support extended hours for registration and absentee voting during the evenings and weekends leading up to elections is available atwww.votersnotpoliticians.com/nightsandweekends.