Absentee voters may only need I.D. to cast ballot

LANSING, MI. (WLNS) – Voters across the nation will have some big elections in the upcoming year but here in Mid-Michigan the way absentee voting is handled might get a complete makeover.

A bill allows voters to cast an absentee ballot at a local clerk’s office without giving a reason why was approved by a committee Wednesday.

Under current law, a voter can only request an absentee ballot for one of six reasons including being 60 years or older or being out of town when the polls open.

If the new bill becomes law a person would only need photo identification to be eligible to get an absentee ballot.

Supporters say this law could lead to shorter lines on election days and not forcing voters to lie in order to become an absentee voter.

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