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Michigan Senate OKs more time for larger cities to process absentee ballots

Michigan Senate OKs more time for larger cities to process absentee ballots Photo: WDIO-TV file

DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press
Created: September 15, 2020 10:47 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - 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.

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The 34-2 vote Tuesday follows a monthslong 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 and following the passage of a 2018 ballot initiative that lets people cast one for any reason.

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DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

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