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Democrats seek constitutional measure to expand early voting

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

Michigan Democrats are proposing a constitutional amendment to expand early voting that's unlikely to gain support in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The measure announced Wednesday calls for "no-reason" absentee voting and in-person early voting starting 15 days before an election. Another provision would provide for automatic voter registration for people issued a driver's license or state ID card.

Democratic Reps. Gretchen Driskell of Saline and Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo call their proposal a "voter bill of rights." They say voting access must be improved especially after Republicans eliminated straight-party voting in January.

A spokesman for House Speaker Kevin Cotter says the resolution has been referred to committee.

The constitutional amendment would need support from two-thirds of the House and Senate by Sept. 9 to qualify for a statewide vote in November.

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