Michigan Primary Proves that Election Reforms are Needed


News from Engage Michigan

March 9, 2016

Contact: Marissa Luna, 989-798-3051, marissa@engagemichigan.org

Michigan Primary Proves that Election Reforms are Needed

Several precincts ran out of ballots on Election Day 

MICHIGAN – On Tuesday, several polling places, including ones in Flint and Plainfield Township, ran out of presidential primary ballots. Some voters were forced to wait over an hour to receive more ballots from their city clerk; some were turned away because they could not wait.

“The integrity of our elections in Michigan depends on every eligible citizen being able to register and vote. When voters take the time to participate and make their voices heard, we should ensure they are able to cast their ballot,” said Marissa Luna, deputy communications director for Engage Michigan. “Yesterday’s high turnout shows why Michigan should join other states in making voting more convenient and accessible by passing no-reason absentee and early voting reforms.”

Thirty-seven states currently offer some form of early voting without requiring a reason. Twenty-seven states allow any qualified voter to vote no-reason absentee.