On Wednesday, February 21, kickoff parties to learn how to collect signatures for the Promote the Vote: Michigan Ballot Initiative will be held across the state. This ballot initiative will provide “full and fair access to the ballot box.”
Why do we need these reforms? Along with Mississippi, Michigan has enacted the least modernizations to the voting process of all the 50 states. The goal is to amend the state constitution to allow early voting, “no reason” absentee voting, registration deadlines that are closer to Election Day, straight-party voting and several other changes.
The effort is supported by the ACLU Michigan, the League of Women Voters of Michigan, the NAACP Detroit, and other prominent groups and individuals. The goal is to collect enough signatures to put the proposal on the November 2018 ballot.