State Board of Canvassers Votes Unanimously to Certify Promote the Vote to Appear on the November Ballot

Promote the Vote (PTV), a measure to secure voting rights in Michigan, has been certified by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers, which voted unanimously this morning to certify the measure to appear on the November 6th  general election ballot.

“This is a great day for grass-roots democracy,” said Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan. “We’re on the ballot because hundreds of thousands of Michiganders want voting to be more accessible and know that the right to vote is a sacred constitutional right.  We’re excited to kick off a conversation about the need for real voting reform, with a campaign that will reach every corner of Michigan.”

The ballot initiative will amend the state constitution to secure voting rights in Michigan. It will guarantee a secret ballot, ensure military and overseas voters get their ballots in time to have their votes counted, require election results be audited, make voter registration more accessible, and allow all voters to cast an absentee ballot without having to give a reason.

“The right to vote is precious,” said League of Women Voters of Michigan President Judy Karandjeff. “Michigan is ready to make voting a sure thing, with fair and transparent rules that work for everyone.”

Promote the Vote is supported by a broad coalition, including the ACLU of Michigan, League of Women Voters of Michigan, NAACP State Conference, and Michigan League for Public Policy.