FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI – Michigan voters now do not need to request and fill an absent ballot for future elections.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Clerk of Flint Township, Kathy Funk, announced a party conference as part of the ballot proposal led by citizens last November, this is the first day citizens can ask for independent ballots for any reason.
"At the first election since November … voters will have the opportunity to vote from home (without providing a supply)," said Benson.
Benson said it was an important change to the state because it helps bring Michigan in line with most other states in the country that have similar rules.
Prior to the passing of the proposal, absentee voters had to cause a non-absent ballot if they were 60 years of age or over, or expecting to be outside of the town at Election Day.
"I am a local business owner (in Flint Township). I work open with closure, the only employee in my store," said Michael Gordon. "Waiting online means income lost … I was false that I can vote from work."
This is the beginning of an independent vote without any reason that it will also succeed in serving the voter throughout the state where it can be low.
"So we have already studied where our state has the lowest social areas," said Benson, "and while some parts of Flint, County Genesee, who vote in a significant number, many are not Yes and that's true in parts of County Wayne and rural counties in our state. "
Benson said she will travel to those areas around her term to talk about how important it is to get a higher number of voters.
Funk, elected as a townland clerk in 2016, said that clerk offices throughout the state have many tasks for their respective cities and counties but the election is the cause of the election.
"The most important thing is to run elections," Funk said. "It's like my birthday and Christmas to be rolled into one, the energy is capable of our polling place …"
Funk said she'd like to see all the electoral voting numbers every election and help with this new way.
She also said that they are preparing for the first election that will take place on May 7.
"We have begun a non-reasonable email voting in Michigan and I hope it can engage more of our fellow citizens in our democracy," said Benson in a news release.
To download an email ballot, visit its online website.