Michigan Lawmaker Pushes For No Reason Absentee Ballots

Republican’s pushing to eliminate Michigan’s straight party voting option could improve the odds of voters being allowed to cast absentee ballots for any reason.

Republican Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons is pushing for the passage of no reason absentee voting legislation next week.

Voters could ask for an absentee ballot applications in person without needing an excuse.

Currently in order to qualify for an absentee ballot you must be 60 years or older, be out of town when polls are open or meet other criteria.

Representative Lyons says her bill would alleviate longer lines if voters are prohibited from straight ticket voting.

Critics of the legislation say voters should also be able to request an absentee ballot by mail for any reason.

If the bill clears the House, Senate Republicans may block it.