Today ‘Marks A Huge Win For Democracy’ in Michigan Following Passing of Elections Bills

LANSING, Mich. — Yesterday, the Michigan House and Senate passed several bills implementing Prop 2, a voting reform ballot measure.

Last November, Michigan voters overwhelmingly voted in favor, with nearly 60% support at the time of release.

The bills, including HB 4695, SB 0372 and HB 4702, will result in statewide voting reform, including:

  • Requiring nine days of early, in-person voting;
  • Requiring state-funded absentee-ballot drop boxes and postage for absentee applications and ballots;
  • Recognizing the fundamental right to vote without harassing conduct;
  • Requiring military or overseas ballots to be counted if postmarked by Election Day;
  • Providing voters the right to verify their identity with photo ID or signed statement; and
  • Providing that only election officials may conduct post-election audits

Statement of Quentin Turner, Common Cause Michigan Program Director 

“Today marks a huge win for democracy, voting reform, and the fight to make voting accessible for all in Michigan. 

For years, Michiganders have come out in support of the right to protected and expanded equal access at the ballot. Our elections should be safe, secure, and free for everyone, regardless of political party, and these bills are a major step in the right direction. We are thankful to our Michigan Legislature, and we’ll continue the necessary work to create a functional democracy that works for all.”


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