Sharon Dolente, University of Michigan Law School graduate and Voting Rights Strategist for the ACLU of Michigan, will explain how this proposed amendment provides a common-sense approach to safeguarding our elections, puts voters first, and removes barriers to voting by:
Protecting the right to vote a secret ballot. (Constitution leaves this up to the Legislature; no law ensuring this right has ever been passed.),
Ensuring military service members and overseas voters get their ballots in time for their votes to count,
Providing voters with the option to vote a straight party ballot. (Michigan citizens have voted twice to ensure this; the Michigan legislature passed a law nullifying the option, federal judge overturned it, and state appealed. Still in Federal Court.),
Automatically registering citizens to vote when doing any business at the Secretary of State’s office unless the citizen declines,
Allowing a citizen to register to vote until 15 days before an election by mail or in person (now limited to 30 days before any election),
Allowing a citizen to register to vote in person with proof of residency up to and on Election Day,
Providing all registered voters access to an absentee ballot for any reason,
Ensuring the accuracy and integrity of elections by auditing election results.
Michigan citizens lack the same access to the ballot enjoyed by the citizens in nearly every other state in the country. It’s time that Michigan citizens enjoyed the freedoms that others have long enjoyed.
Partners in the campaign include the League of Women Voters of Michigan, NAACP Detroit, NAACP Michigan State Conference, ACLU of Michigan, Michigan League for Public Policy, and a number of individuals and organizations that is constantly growing. For a full list of the partners and endorsements, and more detailed information about the proposal, visit www.promotethevotemi.com