Michigan Senate Majority Leader: Absentee Ballot Processing Bill Still Alive

A bill would allow Michigan clerks to start processing absentee ballots before Election Day, but it’s still on the table in Lansing.

The proposal has been on hold in the Senate since May.

Last month’s primary added to concerns that some clerks cannot quickly handle the surge of mail-in ballots during the pandemic.

A record 1.6 million absentee ballots were cast in August.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey previously opposed the measure, but says the bill may have enough support in the Republican-led Senate to pass ahead of this election, and they’ll evaluate it after.

He says the Senate is now seriously considering the bill.

The House has similar legislation on the table backed by Democrats.

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