Michigan voters have approved a ballot proposal focused on making voting in elections more accessible.
(4,690 / 4,690)
The Promote the Vote proposal is a constitutional amendment that will do the following (as written in the proposal):
- Recognize the fundamental right to vote without harassing conduct.
- Require military or overseas ballots be counted if postmarked by election day.
- Provide voters right to verify identity with photo ID or signed statement.
- Provide voter right to single application to vote absentee ballot in all election.
- Require state funded absentee ballot drop boxes and postage for absentee applications and ballots.
- Provide that only election officials may conduct post-election audits.
- Require nine days of early in person voting.
- Allow donations to fund elections, which must be disclosed.
- Require canvass boards certify elections based only on the official records of votes cast.
The proposal is a response to a conservative-led ballot initiative to restrict voting rights and make voting in Michigan more difficult. That ballot initiative did not receive enough petition signatures to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.
In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the proposal received majority support from Michigan voters across the aisle, according to the latest WDIV/Detroit News poll of Michigan voters.
According to the Michigan Constitution’s Article XII § 2, a proposed constitutional amendment that is approved by the majority of voters will take effect 45 days after the date of the election in which the proposal passed. This means that the constitutional amendment should take effect by Dec. 23.
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