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Local Election Reforms Introduced

Oct 18, 2019

On the heels of Proposal 3 of 2018, legislation was introduced this week that will help local governments respond to the anticipated decrease of in-person voters. Introduced by Representative Ann Bollin (R-Brighton), the bill would allow a local city or township to expand the size of its election precincts to account for the drop-off in the number of people voting in person. Current law limits election precincts to 2,999 registered voters, but the legislation would increase that to 5,000 registered voters. The proposal would also allow local governments to consolidate precincts in certain situations outside of the November general election, with the approval of the local governing body through a resolution.

Lastly, the bill expands the options of polling locations to allow the use of a privately-owned building, as long as it is not owned by a person who sponsors a political or independent committee. Currently, school buildings, fire stations, police stations, and other publicly owned buildings must be used as polling locations. The legislation has been referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee for consideration.

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