Absentee voter ballots available without reason for upcoming May 7 election

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Absentee ballots without reason are available for the upcoming May 7 election.

In the November election, statewide ballot Proposal 18-3 passed, now allowing all eligible and registered Michigan voters to request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. Absentee ballots provide a convenient method for voters unable to attend the polls on Election Day.

City, township and county clerks are on board with the changes that the voters wanted said Linda Talsma, Marquette County Clerk.

"This has been passed. This is law,” says Talsma. “So, we are happy to accommodate and I think it's going to be positive for the public."

The May 7 election for Marquette County is being held to vote on Gwinn Area Community Schools Sinking Fund Millage Proposal. Proposal 3 and enacted legislation made changes to the voter registration process.

The deadline to register to vote is no longer 30 days before election. Under the new law, voters may register in person, by mail or online up to 15 days prior to the election. Voters may also register in person with their local clerk within 14 days of an election, up to and including Election Day with proof of residency and identity.

Other voter registration changes include the Secretary of State automatic voter registration. When eligible citizens who are not registered to vote complete a driver’s license or personal identification card transaction, they we will automatically be registered to vote.

For more information on the upcoming election, visit your city, township or county clerk.

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