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Voter access could be an issue in 2016

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

There’s a push in Congress to reverse some efforts to limit voter access to the polls.

Michigan and other states have taken steps to limit early voting options and access to absentee ballots.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) says Congress should take steps to protect voter access.

“We should be in the process where everybody, no matter who you are, no matter where you live, has the ability to exercise the most fundamental right we have as an American citizen and that’s the ability to vote,” says Peters.

Peters is backing a bill that would require every state to either provide seven consecutive days of early voting during the 10-day period before a federal election, or not require voters to give an excuse in order to cast an absentee ballot by mail.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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