Change Absentee Voting Laws in Michigan sign now

To Governor Granholm,

I am petitioning to change a voting law that I deem discriminatory and unfair. The law that states: absentee voter ballots are available for all elections. They provide voters with a convenient method for casting a ballot when they are unable to attend the polls on election day.

A registered voter may obtain an absentee voter ballot for an upcoming election if he or she:
is 60 years of age or older
is unable to vote without assistance at the polls
expects to be absent from his or her city or township of residence for the entire time the polls are open
is in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
has been appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of his or her precinct of residence
is unable to attend the polls due to his or her religious beliefs.

A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older. (Voting in person on one governmental level clears the restriction on the other levels. For example, if a voter subject to the restriction votes in person at a school election, the voter would be free to obtain an absentee ballot for the first state election in which he or she wishes to participate.) (Source: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1633_11976_11987-28039--,00.html)

Students who are Michigan residents but attend school in another state have to come back to Michigan to vote if their registration for voting was received via mail. The law seems to be attempting to prevent or discourage young, first time voters from voting at all. The law needs to be changed to accommodate everyone equally. It is wrong to promote voting and then tell someone that they cannot vote, via absentee ballot, although they qualify to do so, because they voting registration was submitted via mail. The law needs to be changed to make sure every eligible voter can vote.

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