After hearing Gov. Rick Snyder call on the Michigan Legislature to address the issue during his State of the State Address, Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot says he remains confident that it is “just a matter of time” until no-reason absentee voting becomes a reality. “Approximately two months ago, I called on Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and the Michigan Legislature to implement no-reason absentee voting in the state of Michigan,” Grot said in a statement. “Since then, I have spoken with Johnson, Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, State Rep. Peter Lund and the office of Gov. Snyder. I have found that to some degree, everyone I spoke to believes no-reason absentee voting is common-sense government reform and should be implemented promptly.”
In November 2012, Grot became the latest clerk to push for no-reason absentee voting in Michigan. He called for a change in the current system that requires voters younger than age 60 to designate a reason why they should be permitted to obtain an absentee ballot.
“Currently, there are six reasons listed on an application for an absent voter’s ballot,” Grot said. “In today’s economy, these reasons are not sufficient to meet the busy schedules of the constituents we serve.”