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Michigan Senate okays bill allowing early processing of mail-in ballots

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Posted at 7:33 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 07:33:52-04

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.