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Legislature Approves Voting Reforms

Sep 30, 2022

Local clerks will be given a 48-hour window to preprocess ballots this November under legislation approved this week. A similar change was enacted prior to the 2020 election due to the pandemic, however, it only applied to that election. Since then, local clerks have been advocating for additional time to preprocess absentee ballots, especially given the rising numbers of those choosing to exercise their right to no-reason absentee voting after Michigan residents voted to allow it. Prior to passage, the Republican caucuses negotiated to include measures pertaining to election security. Under the legislation, the Secretary of State and county election clerks will be required to clean up official voter rolls monthly, create a chain of custody for absentee voter ballots, and allow active-duty military members stationed overseas to return their ballots electronically. The three-bill package will be sent to Governor Whitmer for her consideration.

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