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Changes to Processing Absentee Ballots Moves Forward

Sep 18, 2020

The Senate approved of legislation aimed at helping local clerks process the increased number of absentee ballots expected in November. Introduced by Senator Ruth Johnson (R-Holly), the legislation would allow clerks or cities or townships with populations of at least 25,000 people to perform certain preprocessing activities of absentee ballots prior to this year’s November 3 election. Local clerks would not be allowed to remove absentee ballots from their secrecy envelopes as part of their preprocessing work. They would also be required to secure the absentee ballots in containers approved by the Board of State Canvassers for counting on Election Day. Clerks would need to notify the secretary of state of their intention to use the provision at least 20 days prior to the election and it would be posted on the secretary of state’s website.

The bill has been referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee for consideration.

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