LANSING, Mich. — Larger Michigan municipalities could begin processing an expected surge of absentee ballots sooner in the November presidential election under a bill approved by the state Senate.
The 34-2 vote Tuesday follows a months-long delay in the Republican-led chamber amid lobbying from clerks in both parties who warned of significant delays in counting the votes.
The GOP-controlled House will consider the measure next.
Absentee voting is an increasingly popular option during the coronavirus pandemic.
A 2018 ballot initiative lets people cast votes by mail for any reason.