Michigan ballot proposal to make voting secure & convenient

Michigan Ballot Proposal 3 "Promote the Vote"

The League of Women Voters also supports a yes vote on Proposal 3 which will appear on our ballots as follows:

Statewide Proposal 18-3

 A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and postelection audits to the Michigan Constitution

This proposed constitutional amendment would allow a United States citizen who is qualified to vote in Michigan to:

  • Become automatically registered to vote when applying for, updating or renewing a driver’s license or state-issued personal identification card, unless the person declines.
  • Simultaneously register to vote with proof of residency and obtain a ballot during the 2-week period prior to an election, up to and including Election Day.
  • Obtain an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
  • Cast a straight-ticket vote for all candidates of a particular political party when voting in a partisan general election.

              Should this proposal be adopted?           [ ] YES          [ ] NO

If passed, this amendment to the Michigan constitution would make voting convenient for all eligible Michiganders and protect the security and privacy of our individual votes. 

Everyone -- Republicans, Democrats and Independents -- deserves to have their vote secure and counted.

What exactly would this amendment do, if passed?

  • Protect the right to vote a secret ballot
  • Ensure our military service members and overseas voters get their ballots in time for their votes to count
  • Provide voters with the option to vote straight party that can not be taken away unless the Michigan constitution was amended again.
  • Automatically register citizens to vote at the Secretary of State's office unless the citizen declines
  • Allow a citizen to register to vote until 15 days before an election by mail or in person. After that, citizens may register to vote in person with proof of residency up to and on Election Day.
  • Provide all registered voters access to an absentee ballot for any reason
  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of elections by auditing election results

Why do we need this?

We need a voting system that works for all citizens in Michigan. Period.

From working parents who struggle with long voting lines, far-away polling places and no time off work to vote, to people who frequently move for jobs or military service, we need to set up our system so that every eligible Michigander can have their voice heard on Election Day.

The good news is that the fix to our election system isn’t a hard one. We can ensure all eligible Americans have access to a secure vote, an up-to-date system and accurate voter lists. In fact, most of these reforms in this constitutional amendment have been in existence for decades in other states. The citizens of Michigan deserve the same access to the ballot enjoyed by other citizens across this country.

How could I help?

You can help by signing a petition so we can vote on this ballot proposal, invite us to come to an event that you are sponsoring so others can sign as well  - or learn how to circulate a petition yourself. Come to one of our meetings or tell us you are interested by emailing us at info@LWVBrightonHowellArea.org.