No-reason absentee voting could be legalized in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is asking lawmakers to support a bill that would allow no-reason absentee voting in the state.

Johnson told the House Elections Committee Wednesday “the time has come” for the change.

Committee chairwoman Republican Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons of Alto is sponsor of the bill.

Lyons says the bill would preserve the current reasons voters can choose for absentee voting while also allowing voters to go to their clerk’s office, show a valid identification, and cast an absentee ballot with no reason.

Lyons adds it would preserve security while making sure people don’t have to lie about being out of town to cast an absentee ballot.

Johnson says it’s “an option people want; it is simple; it is secure.”

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