If state Rep. Andy Schor has his way, voting will be uneventful the next time Lee Abramson casts his ballot. The East Lansing man — unable to hold a pen because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — won’t have to vote twice or have an election official pay him a visit. He’ll simply sign his ballot envelope with his signature stamp and know his vote will be counted. Schor took action Friday by proposing to change election law that narrowly dictates how voters with disabilities must sign their absentee ballots.
As I wrote in October 2012, Abramson had his general election absentee ballot rejected because he signed the envelope with the signature stamp he uses for personal papers and finances. He voted a second time to conform with the law — marking an “X” with his own hand as required — but raised objections as to why an anonymous mark was more acceptable than his stamped name.
It was an objection noted by Schor. “It seems something dumb in the law that could be fixed, so I’m trying to do it,” said Schor, a Democrat in the 68th district.