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State passes new laws to protect voters

NORTHERN MICHIGAN – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement after passage of voting rights legislation. This builds on months of action to implement Proposal 2 and deliver on the state’s democracy protection policies.

“I applaud the passage of legislation that makes it easier for Michiganders to safely and securely exercise their constitutional right to vote,” Whitmer said.

“The bills passed today will ensure those serving our nation in uniform and their spouses can vote more easily, help seniors get to the polls, and require the creation of a website that allows voters to request their absentee ballot easily and securely.

“As governor, I am focused on protecting every citizen’s ability to make their voice heard. I am proud of the work we have done to expand voting rights in Michigan with the overwhelming passage of Proposal 2 last November.

“Let’s keep working together to protect and expand civil rights.”

Bills include:

HB 4210 allows for the electronic return of a voted ballot by absent uniformed service members and their spouses.

HB 4567 amends the ballot challenge requirements.

HB 4568 will help seniors and all eligible voters get to the polls by allowing for transportation assistance.

HB 4570 requires the Michigan Secretary of State to maintain an online application portal that allows voters to request an absentee ballot.

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