More money, new election laws needed to implement 2024 early voting in Michigan, clerks say
LANSING, Mich. — The voting rights group that helped to pass a November ballot initiative to secure nine days of early voting in Michigan's constitution is asking the Legislature to act quickly to adopt legislation making implementation of the plan possible. For Proposal 2 to be fully implemented, local clerks need more funding; clearer rules on how early tabulated ballots are to be handled; longer canvassing periods; improvements to the qualified voter file; and earlier primaries, clerks said Tuesday at an event with lawmakers hosted by Promote the Vote, the group that successfully advocated for the passage of Proposal 2. "The No. 1 concern is that it's January of '24 and we're adopting rules for early voting," said Harrison Township Clerk Adam Wit, who serves as president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks.