Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Friday signed into legislation, as appearing governor, laws codifying her workplace’s follow of permitting registered and certified voters to use for an absentee poll on-line.
The Michigan structure permits for an “appearing governor” to signal laws, within the occasion the governor and lieutenant governor are away on enterprise.
“I’m grateful for this chance to function appearing governor and signal this essential invoice to enhance Michigan’s election system,”Benson stated in a information launch. “As Michigan’s Secretary of State, I carried out our state’s on-line absentee poll software system in 2020 to supply a handy, accessible approach for Michigan residents to request their poll. Now this method is codified into legislation.”
Benson added that HB 4570 will assist Michigan proceed conducting safe and accessible elections.
The invoice amends Michigan Election Regulation to require the Secretary of State to keep up a web-based portal permitting these eligible to vote to request an absentee voter poll.
The invoice’s sponsor, state Rep. Julie Rogers (D-Kalamazoo), stated in the identical information launch that the invoice helps maintain a system that enables voters to have extra choices when interacting with the election course of to proceed.
“With Proposal 2 [of 2022], Michigan voters expressed a need for extra voting choices and simpler entry to the poll field that maintains election safety,” Rogers stated. “This laws displays these needs and safeguards your freedom to vote by having an absentee poll despatched to your house upon request with out requiring an pointless bodily journey.”