“We’re all better off when more Americans---Republicans, Democrats and independents---participate in our democracy,” said Judy Karandjeff (at podium), president of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. A broad coalition including the ACLU of Michigan, the League of Women Voters, the state and Detroit branches of the NAACP and others launched a campaign Monday to bring comprehensive election reform to Michigan through a ballot initiative. The petition language was filed Monday with the Secretary of State’s office. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

   

 
 

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Donnell R. White, Executive Director of Detroit Branch NAACP joined a broad coalition including the ACLU of Michigan, the League of Women Voters, the state NAACP and others as they launched a campaign Monday to bring comprehensive election reform to Michigan through a ballot initiative. The petition language was filed Monday with the Secretary of State’s office. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

  Promote The Vote Coalition launches election reform effort

Amendment would make ballot more secure, accessible

DETROIT, MI - Between two jobs and four kids, Angela Willson has little time to spare. So Willson figures she should be able have the option of voting absentee in elections---without giving a reason.

“Allowing all registered voters to choose to vote absentee would make my life a whole lot easier,” said Willson, a nurse anesthetist from Grosse Pointe Park. “And it would help our state line up with 37 others that allow all registered voters to cast their ballots on or before Election Day.”

Willson made her comments Monday at the kickoff for Promote the Vote campaign, an effort to place on the November ballot a constitutional amendment to provide comprehensive election reform for Michigan. Citing the need for an accessible and secure ballot for all, a coalition which includes the League of Women Voters, the ACLU of Michigan and the state and Detroit branches of the NAACP filed ballot language Monday with the Secretary of State’s office, organizers announced.

In addition to no reason absentee, the amendment would give military members more time to vote; let citizens register closer to Election Day; allow straight party voting, automatically register citizens when they do business at the Secretary of State’s office, protect a secret ballot and add audits for election results. The group called the reforms “common sense” designed to give more individuals a secure and accessible ballot.

“We’re all better off when more Americans---Republicans, Democrats and independents---participate in our democracy,” said Judy Karandjeff, president of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. “Providing a system that works for all isn’t hard; it just common sense.”

The changes mirror reforms enacted in 40 states that make voting more accessible. Once the ballot language is approved, the coalition has to collect approximately 316,000 signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

“Putting voters first means making sure that our system is fair and has integrity,” said Ismael Ahmed, a longtime community activist. “Under this amendment, our votes would be protected because our elections could be audited.”

Updating the voter rolls and making the system more secure is good news to Michelle Mills, who had to cast a provisional ballot in 2017 because of inaccurate information at her polling site.

“We need a system that works for all,” she said.
For more information, go to www.promotethevotemi.com.

 

 

 

   
 
 

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