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Michigan voting initiative certified for November ballot

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The Michigan elections board has certified a voting initiative for the November ballot that would allow same-day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting and reinstate the straight-ticket voting option.

The Board of State Canvassers voted Thursday after determining Promote the Vote gathered enough signatures. It means voters will decide three ballot measures this fall.

The voting initiative was organized by the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters and the NAACP's state and Detroit branches. If passed, it would let people vote absentee without giving a reason.

It also would allow citizens to register by mail closer to Election Day and in person at any time, including on Election Day.

Voters also will vote on legalizing marijuana for recreational use and changing how congressional and legislative districts are drawn.