No-reason absentee voting option starts Thursday in Michigan

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FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters can start casting an absentee ballot without giving a reason.

Thursday is the first day residents can request to vote by mail in the May election. It is the first election since voters last fall approved no-reason absentee voting as part of a ballot initiative.

Previously, absentee voters had to be at least 60 years old, be out of town when the polls are open or be unable to vote on Election Day due to a physical disability, religious tenets or incarceration.

Requests for an absent voter ballot can be submitted in writing to the local city or township clerk.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Flint Township Clerk Kathy Funk are holding a news conference Thursday to welcome the new era of no-reason absentee voting.

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  • C

    Okay. But, more importantly they need to eliminate Straight Ticket Voting. It’ll likely not happen though because Democrats are in love with it because it encourages witless people in some areas to vote for a ‘D’ instead of individuals.

  • DaMailman

    Relaxed absentee voting rules and a Democrat Secretary of State. Why do I suspect we are going to start seeing 112% turnout in a lot of blue counties.

  • Joe Deertay

    Wait till redistricting kicks in under Prop 2! Reminder…. “Who is for it: The group supporting the initiative, Voters Not Politicians, started out as a grassroots effort but is pulling in big money now, including from the political arm of the UAW and from the Texas-based Action Now Initiative. Celebrities that are advocating for it include actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and actress Jennifer Lawrence.”

    “The Michigan initiative also received $5.5 million from the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a Washington-based entity that supports liberal causes but does not have to disclose its donors because it’s set up as a social welfare nonprofit. That combined with the funding from the Action Now Initiative accounted for two-thirds of the $15.7 million raised by Voters Not Politicians through Oct. 21.

    “Any time you have that kind of out-of-state money coming in to put something in our constitution, it should make people very skeptical,” said Tony Daunt, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund, which also is exempt from disclosing its donors.

    Although there has been little opposition in Colorado or Utah, the Michigan Republican Party has criticized the initiative’s sponsors as a “front group” for Democrats. Missouri’s Republican Party also has asserted that the initiative is crafted to benefit Democrats, but opponents have struggled to raise money.”

    You asked for it Michigan – You got it!!!!!!

  • steve

    Early voting, absolutely yes. Absentee voting as described, no way. And, although not mentioned, straight ticket voting needs to be eliminated, period.

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