Proposal would let military, civilians cast electronic absentee ballots


Capital News Service

LANSING – A Detroit senator says it should be easier for military and overseas citizens to vote in November after 150 voters received absentee ballots late for the August primaries.

But there’s virtually no chance the law will be changed in time for this year’s election.

Sen. Coleman Young II, D-Detroit, said he was upset when 70 city and township clerks missed state and federal deadlines to provide military and overseas voters with their absentee ballots in time for the August primaries.

Young’s bill would allow overseas military and voters to electronically submit their absentee ballots. Continue reading

Senate approves changes for voter registration


Capital News Service

LANSING — Legislation that would place new restrictions on voter registration has passed the Senate.

The bills, aimed at stopping potential voter fraud, would require a photo ID or birth certificate to register to vote. It would also create rules for groups that register voters.

Senate Republicans say the measure is necessary to combat voter fraud, but Democrats and some advocacy groups argue it could block voters’ access to the polls. Continue reading