Michigan would join a small group of states that conduct all voting by mail under a potential 2016 ballot proposal. Let’s Vote Michigan, a ballot committee formed by Jackie Pierce of Pellston, is one of three groups going before the Board of State Canvassers on Thursday seeking pre-approval to begin circulating petitions. The proposal was inspired by low turnout in recent Michigan elections, according to Pierce, who pointed to increased participation rates in states with voting-by-mail. “I live in Northern Michigan, and sometimes in November, you never know if you can even make it to the polls,” she said. “Seeing the low voter turnout concerned me, so I started talking to people. Since then, we’ve had meetings around the state, and everybody seems to think it’s a good idea.”
The potential ballot proposal calls for an amendment to the Michigan Constitution. The group would have to collect 315,654 to make the 2016 ballot, a high hurdle to climb, and one that would likely be expensive to top.
Colorado moved to an all-mail voting system for the 2014 mid-term, joining Oregon and Washington, and also adopted a same-day voter registration policy.