By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Ballots to expand voting options, restrict payday loans and revamp Michigan’s civic initiative process cleared the steps before the state’s election committee on Friday, allowing organizers to begin collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures to proclaim themselves to qualify for the 2022 vote.
The advertisers approved summaries to appear on five petitions distributed to the public.
Promote the Vote wants to create early voting by more than a week, allow all voters to request absentee ballots for future elections, and require postage-paid return envelopes in advance. His constitutional amendment — proposed months after Republicans launched a veto-proof initiative they claim would improve election integrity but Democrats say would limit voting — would also ban attempts to violate the right to vote “unreasonably” charged, and enshrining the board’s duty to confirm the results following Donald Trump’s unprecedented attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
Michiganders for Fair Lending hopes to lower interest rates for payday lenders who must repay within two weeks. The Electoral Committee, like Promote the Vote, appears to have the financial backing needed to disseminate petitions widely.
Also moving forward were two proposed constitutional amendments supported by MI suffrage. One has similarities to the Promote the Vote measure. The other would allow more time to gather signatures for ballots, allow voter referenda on laws that spend money, and eliminate the legislature’s ability to pass initiated bills without the governor’s signature. Instead, initiatives would go to the voters, as constitutional revisions already do.
Advertisers also agreed to the summary of a petition to decriminalize the production and possession of psychedelic mushrooms.
All in all, advertisers have approved summaries for a dozen active 2022 election campaigns — including ones that would raise the minimum wage, limit the length of pandemic emergency restrictions without lawmakers’ approval, and enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.
Khalilah Spencer, executive chairman of Promote the Vote, which successfully led a 2018 constitutional amendment that expanded absentee voting and authorized same-day registration, said, “We look forward to engaging directly with Michigan voters about our proposed voting rights reforms to step. ”
The proposal would keep intact, among other things, the ability for voters to sign an affidavit if they do not have photo ID and officials checking the signature of absent voters to verify identity.
Republican-affiliated Secure MI Vote wants to require additional information on ballot-by-mail applications — like the last four digits of a Social Security number or a copy of one’s photo ID — and have voters without ID later verify their identity for their vote count. Spokesman Jamie Roe said Promote the Vote’s action was “unnecessary, expensive and detrimental to safe elections”.
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