Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she is backing new legislation to expand absentee voting and will testify in support Wednesday before a House committee. A bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, would allow absentee voting for any reason, for those who satisfy identification requirements.
“We should give all voters a convenient way to have their voices heard on Election Day,” Lyons, who chairs the House Elections Committee, said in a news release. “My legislation offers that convenience while protecting the integrity of our elections.”
Johnson, a Republican who has held office since 2011, said she looks “forward to working with lawmakers to see this signed into law.” Currently, about 20% of Michigan voters cast absentee ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
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