Michigan clerks in the state’s largest cities will have an extra 10 hours this year to begin to open and sort — but not count — absentee ballots, and use shifts of workers to count those ballots on Election Day. The changes should provide at least some assistance to clerks preparing to count millions of absentee ballots for the high-stakes presidential election this fall. Lawmakers in the state House and Senate on Thursday approved a bill, sponsored by Holly Republican and former Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, that gives clerks more time to prepare absentee ballots for counting. Dave Boucher, The Detroit Free Press.
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