Proposal 3: Ballot initiative aims to 'promote the vote,' not everyone on board

Proposal 3: Ballot initiative aims to 'promote the vote,' not everyone on board. (WWMT/File)

Proposal 3 on this November’s ballot could change the way Michigander’s vote in elections.

Billed as the Promote the Vote initiative, Proposal 3 includes same-day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, straight-ticking voting options and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits as amendments to the Michigan Constitution.

Michigan would not be the only state to allow same-day voter registration; 18 others, plus the District of Columbia, allow legal residents to register and vote on Election Day.

Currently, voters must meet certain criteria to request an absentee ballot, like be 60 years old or older, be out of town on election day, or have plans to work at a polling location. Proposal 3 would allow anyone to request and vote via absentee ballot.

The issue of straight ticket voting is traditionally seen as a partisan issue, despite the rest of the ballot proposal being non-partisan. Most Republicans are against the notion of straight-ticket voting; so much so, the issue was taken all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in September and a justice did not intervene, leaving the ban on the issue on the books.

Proposal 3 is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, League of Women Voters of Michigan and others. Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson also backs the initiative. She said in a previous interview, if implemented properly, she feels the proposal will make voting easier and more accessible to all Michiganders.

Contrastly, Republican Secretary of State candidate Mary Treder Lang is against the idea. She cited fear of voter fraud as a major red flag for her and said there’s not safe guards in place to prevent people from going poll to poll, registering to vote and casting a ballot.

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