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Lansing — A coalition attempting to expand and enshrine voting rights in the Michigan Constitution submitted more than 430,000 signatures to the state Monday for a potential ballot proposal.

The “Promote the Vote” initiative would allow no-reason absentee voting by mail, guarantee continued straight-party voting and let residents register to vote up to and on Election Day.

The proposed constitutional amendment is backed the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the League of Women Voters of Michigan, the Detroit chapter of the NAACP and the Michigan League for Public Policy.

The groups tend to align with Democrats, but organizers argue the proposal could be popular with voters of all political stripes frustrated by current absentee rules or polling place lines. July 9, 2018 – Detroit News

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