Monday, April 18, 2005

Early Voting News: Week of April 17th, 2005

The Michigan statehouse is now poised to vote on a bill allowing in-person early voting at county clerk's offices. The Secretary of State claims this will increase turnout (Ed note: Sigh. Contrary to all research indicating otherwise, including by Michigan's own Michael Traugott). Governor Granholm is still pushing for a full, no-excuse, absentee system. NewsFlash - State House likely to vote on voting reform bill

Meanwhile, Missouri is moving in the opposite direction. Lawmakers are "squashing" proposals for extended early voting by mail. County clerks are lobbying against the plan, fearing an "avalanche" of new paperwork. Instead, they prefer in-person early voting. STLtoday - News - St. Louis City / County


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