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Voting Rights

Voting Rights

Voter Rights
MI Voting Rights Act
2022 & 2020 Election Facts

Promote the Vote 2022

In 2022, Promote the Vote (the organization) partnered with more than 30 other organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Michigan, to propose and pass Proposal 2 of 2022. The proposal garnered 60% of the vote, with support from voters across the political spectrum and in a majority of Michigan counties. Proposal 2 amended the Michigan Constitution to allow for these voter rights:  early voting in federal and state elections, a right to join a permanent absentee ballot list,  more absentee ballot drop boxes n many communities and a number of other voter protections.   

A booklet with all the answers:  Know Your Voting Rights/2024. 

Read these handy briefs about the important rights Michigan voters now enjoy:

Learn how to sign up on a permanent absentee ballot list. 

Click here to see all the election bills passed by the Michigan Legislature in 2023.

Click here to see the LWVMI’s continued support for legislation that will implement Proposal 2.

Promote the Vote 2018

In 2018, The League of Women Voters supported Proposal 3, “Promote the Vote”, which was passed by Michigan voters in the November, 2018 election. The 2018 constitutional amendment ensures that every eligible person can vote and that every vote will be counted. It safeguards our elections with audits and more accurate voting lists, and removes barriers that can make it harder for citizens to fulfill their responsibility to vote. Michigan citizens are now guaranteed these new voting rights:

  • A citizen can register to vote anytime with proof of residency.
  • All registered voters can access to an absentee ballot for any reason.
  • The right to vote a secret ballot is protected.
  • Military service members and overseas voters will get their ballots in time for their votes to count.
  • Voters have the option to vote straight party.
  • Citizens will be automatically registered to vote at the Secretary of State’s office unless the citizen declines.
  • The accuracy and integrity of elections are ensured by audits of election results


The League Supports the Michigan Voting Rights Act

The Michigan Voting Rights Act (MVRA) will expand on the original federal Voting Rights Act, add new protections for Michigan voters, and make good on the promise of the 15th Amendment — that no citizen be denied the right to vote based on race.

Senate Bills 401-404, sponsored by Sens. Darrin Camilleri (D-Trenton), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), were introduced to the Senate on June 22, 2023.  The MVRA mirrors and expands the original federal Voting Rights Act, which has been attacked repeatedly since its passage in 1965.

Secretary Benson and the Department of State are working with advocates on the ground and with leaders in the Michigan Legislature to pass the MVRA this year. Passage of the MVRA would be a historic civil rights moment for our state.

On June 23, 2023, Secretary of State Benson called for enactment of Michigan Voting Rights Act to further the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and protect democracy.  Read the press release here.

Read more about the MVRA here, including this 2-page fact sheet here.  


Prepared by LWVMI, these narratives include factual information about how people voted, the statewide proposals and for 2022, the statewide recount.    

 2022 Election Fact Sheet

 2020 Election Fact Sheet