Support Michigan absentee ballot legislation NOW

Support Michigan absentee ballot legislation NOW

Absentee ballot
Time Range For Action Alert: 
September 3, 2020 to September 30, 2020

Two Bills desperately needed to improve our election process are stuck in the Michigan Legislature and we must tell our legislators to get SB 756 AND SB 757 passed in time for the November 3rd election

For SB 756**********

Urgent! We need YOU to take action on Senate Bill 756, which amends Michigan Election Law Chapter 28 to allow absent voter (AV) counting boards to work in shifts. Current law only allows one shift, which could take 20 hours or more. Take action this month to pass this legislation and make a difference in November's election.

Here's what to do:

1) Call Brandt Iden (R), House Ways & Means Committee Chair, 61st District at 877-347-8061, e-mail BrandtIden [at] house.mi.gov and fax number 517-373-8872. Tell him to prioritize, expedite, and move this bill to the House Floor for a vote. 

2) Contact your House Representative and tell them you support the bill.

Here's why:  The increase in absentee ballots in 2019 and 2020 elections means AV poll workers may be sequestered for as much as 30-40 hours, surrendering their phones and confined to the counting room until the count is tallied. Average poll worker age is 70, and a continuous shift poses significant risks for this group. 

 Watch our Facebook site for updates. When it reaches the House Floor, we will notify you to start calling not only your representatives but all representatives to urge them to pass it. 

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For SB 757************

 Urgent! We need YOU to take action on Senate Bill 757, which will allow early processing of absentee ballots! Your action is required this month to pass this legislation and make a difference in November's election. 

Here's what to do:

1) Contact Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey Phone: (517) 373-5932;  Fax: (517) 373-5944;  Email: SenMShirkey [at] senate.michigan.gov. Tell him to put SB 757 on the floor for a vote. And tell Senator Shirkey if you have been or will be a poll worker during 2020 and you feel working 20 plus hours and more could affect your efficiency, health or if you simply find it unreasonable to ask anyone to work a straight 20 hours or more at such an important job.

  2) Contact your State Senator and as many other State Senators as you can to urge them to vote for its passage! Find Your Senator HERE

Here's why to do it:   It's unreasonable for Absentee Ballot counting boards to work these extended hours. We are 1 of only 14 states that do NOT process absentee ballots early. For example, Ohio can start tabulating absentee ballots one day after the deadline for voter registration on October 5th and can pre-process ballots prior to the 5th.

 Read what MI election officials say in support of this bill: Michigan clerks: What we need to count absentee ballots in November

 Your phone calls and emails WILL make a difference. Our legislators pay attention when their voters speak up. 

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