Voters in Michigan, other key swing states, to decide on voting access
The goal of the Michigan initiative is to “enhance the integrity and security of the elections by sort of modernizing how they’re administered and making them more accessible"
Voters in some battleground states will be deciding ballot proposals this November that could reshape the way they vote in the 2024 presidential election.
A ballot proposal in Arizona would tighten photo ID requirements for voting in person and require voters who use mailed ballots to list their driver's license number or last four digits of their Social Security number.
In Michigan, meanwhile, voters will decide whether to expand access to early voting. Connecticut voters also will decide an early voting issue while Nebraska voters will consider photo ID. A Nevada measure proposes to switch to ranked-choice voting.
The Michigan ballot initiative would pre-empt Republican attempts to tighten photo identification laws by amending the state Constitution to include the current alternative of signing an affidavit. It also would expand early voting options, require state-funded return postage and drop boxes for absentee ballots, and specify that the Board of State Canvassers has only a “clerical, nondiscretionary” duty to certify election results.
Trump allies had tried to persuade canvassers to delay certifying the 2020 results.
The goal of the new initiative is to “enhance the integrity and security of the elections by sort of modernizing how they’re administered and making them more accessible," said Khalilah Spencer, president of Promote the Vote, which backs the measure.
On the other side, Michigan Republican Party spokesman Gustavo Portela said the initiative "opens the door up for fraud” through the combination of early voting and a constitutional exception to showing photo ID.