- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Democrats are proposing a constitutional amendment to expand early voting that’s unlikely to gain support in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The measure announced Wednesday calls for “no-reason” absentee voting and in-person early voting starting 15 days before an election. Another provision would provide for automatic voter registration for people issued a driver’s license or state ID card.

Democratic Reps. Gretchen Driskell of Saline and Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo call their proposal a “voter bill of rights.” They say voting access must be improved especially after Republicans eliminated straight-party voting in January.

A spokesman for House Speaker Kevin Cotter says the resolution has been referred to committee.

The constitutional amendment would need support from two-thirds of the House and Senate by Sept. 9 to qualify for a statewide vote in November.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide