Detroit Evening Report: Gov. Whitmer signs package of bills expanding voter rights in Michigan

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the media after signing the final piece of a $76 billion state budget into law, July 20, 2022, in Detroit.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed a bipartisan package of bills to expand voter rights.

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The legislation, which is a result of voter-approved Proposal 2, creates a website for voters to track the progress of their ballot.

Last November, Proposal 2 asked whether Michigan should expand opportunities to vote, including through absentee and early voting every election. The legislation requires at least nine days of early voting before each statewide and federal election.

“Voting is the cornerstone of our system of government,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Michiganders spoke with a clear, united voice last November when they voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposal 2, expanding voting rights. Today, I am proud to sign bipartisan legislation implementing the will of the people, ensuring they can make their voices heard in every election. Let’s keep fighting to expand the constitutional right to vote freely, fairly, and securely with commonsense reforms so we can build a government of the people that delivers for the people.”

Voters can also now fix clerical errors on their ballots and use U.S. passports, tribal, military and student ID cards to identify themselves when they show up to cast ballots.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.