What Happens with Voting in Michigan Now that Prop 3 Is Law?

What will Prop 3 mean for the nature of elections? And should the state go even further to make voting easier?

Jake Neher/WDET

Last week, voters changed the face of Michigan politics pretty dramatically. And they transformed the rules for voting in our state even more dramatically.

Proposal 3 aims to make it easier to vote in a number of ways. It includes no-reason absentee voting, straight-ticket voting, election day registration, and better provisions for members of the military to cast their votes.

So, how will this all be implemented? What will it mean for the nature of elections?

And should the state go even further to make sure everyone has access to a ballot going forward?

Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson will hold conversations about each of the three statewide ballot proposals approved in the 2018 elections. That series begins with a conversation about Prop 3.

Henderson speaks with Christopher Thomas, who served as Michigan’s elections director for 36 years and advocated in favor of Proposal 3, as well as state Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren), who has repeatedly introduced bills meant to make voting easier and more accessible during his 14 years in the Legislature. Henderson also speaks with Kary Moss, the longtime executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, which is largely responsible for Prop 3. Moss is now the ACLU’s director of affiliate support and nationwide initiatives.

Click on the audio player above to hear that conversation.


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