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Voters Bill of Rights introduced in Michigan legislature

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Published: May. 3, 2017 at 7:09 PM EDT
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It needs to be easier to vote in Michigan. That summarizes the thinking behind the "Voters Bill of Rights," a proposed constitutional amendment that would change some voting rules in Michigan.

The biggest difference is that eligible voters would automatically be registered whenever they do business with the Secretary of State's office. People would be allowed to register up to 15-days before an election and be able to vote absentee without giving a reason. There would be a 15-day early-voting period.

Supporters say we need to catch up to other states. Patrick Schuh said, "They've made voting more accessible for their citizens than Michigan has. Instead, Michigan has been time and again trying to pass laws that put up more obstacles and more barriers to voting at a time when we should be expanding opportunities for people to participate in our elections."

The "Voters Bill of Rights" has been introduced in the legislature and would need to pass the House and Senate to get on the ballot.

The biggest difference is that eligible voters would automatically be registered whenever they do business with the Secretary of State's office.