Historic Michigan Democratic Party project aimed at promoting absentee ballot access for more Michiganders
DETROIT – Today Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson announced that for the first time in history, Detroit will accept online applications for absentee ballots. Winfrey and Johnson called the project historic, saying it would result in increased access to the ballot in Detroit in 2014.
“This is a proud day for Detroit and a historic day for Michigan,” said Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey. “I’m thrilled to announce as clerk that I’ll be broadening ballot access for Detroiters through this new program.”
“For the first time ever, Detroiters will be able to request absentee ballots online,” said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “This is a great move for Michigan, because we should be promoting common sense, legal ways for more people to have access to the democratic process in our state.”
“Clearly voters of Michigan are adopting absentee voting as a way of casting their ballot – as evidenced by the fact that more than 27 percent of votes cast in Michigan’s 2012 election were absentee ballots,” continued Johnson. “We’re proud of Clerk Winfrey for working to help us implement this program in Detroit, and we’re looking forward to more local elected officials joining us in this effort.”
Currently, it is common practice for many clerks across Michigan to receive requests to vote absentee through a number of secure options, including fax, mail and hand delivery.
There are over 500,000 registered voters in the City of Detroit. Since 2002, statewide absentee ballot adoption as a percentage of ballots cast has increased from 16.5 percent to more than 27 percent.