Voting Reforms Consideration Begins

Jun 9, 2023

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

The Senate Elections and Ethics Committee held its first hearing on a package of bills implementing the elections reforms within Proposal 2 of 2022. Since a majority of Michigan voters approved the changes, it’s now up to the legislature to pass legislation implementing the proposal.

Key Points:

  • Implements nine consecutive days of early voting for statewide elections.
  • Establishes sentencing guidelines for certain early voting violations.
  • Creates a single application for voters to automatically receive absentee voter ballots for all future elections.
  • Provides for prepaid return postage on certain election documents.
  • Expands permissible options for photo identification.
  • Requires each municipality to have at least one accessible absent voter ballot drop box for every 15,000 registered voters in the area.
  • Increases the number of active registered voters in a single precinct from 2,999 to 5,000.

Next Steps:

The bills remain before the committee. According to the committee’s chairman, Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), a vote is expected soon.

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