Michigan elections panel rejects voting rights proposal for November ballot

A sign directs voters where to go for their polling place at Rochester High School on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Rochester Hills. Photo Credit: Nate Pappas/WDET

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers has deadlocked on whether to approve a voting rights initiative for the November general election ballot.

The Promote the Vote proposal would expand access to absentee voting and make sure ballots from military members are counted, among other items.

Board Chair Tony Daunt claims unclear wording on the petition is the reason he will not vote to put it on the ballot.

“We’re deadlocked at 2-2. I do want to state I do not believe that it was deliberate, but I believe that the importance of people knowing what is before them is worthy of decision before it gets to them,” Daunt says.

The Promote the Vote initiative collected over 600,000 signatures and was recommended for approval by the state Board of Elections. The matter now heads to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Photo Credit: Nate Pappas, WDET

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