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In The Public Interest: Helping Washtenaw Voters Navigate Recent Changes To The Voting Process

Sep 23, 2019

Washtenaw County Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski (right) and Ann Arbor League of Women Voters election inspector Cheryl Depner (left).
Credit Lisa Barry

It's never been easier to vote in Michigan and in Washtenaw County, thanks to several recent changes in voting laws and policies.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Washtenaw County Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski and Ann Arbor League of Women Voters election inspector Cheryl Depner about what those changes mean to local voters.


There will be several major new elements in elections this year, including no-reason absentee ballots that can be requested by anyone registered to vote in Michigan, the ability to register to vote right up to election day, and automatic voter registration through the Secretary of State when a person gets a driver’s license or personal identification card.


Depner and Golembiewski also explained the process for acquiring an absentee ballot for the November 5, 2019.

Ed Golembiewski
Credit Lisa Barry

Many clerks in Washtenaw County are maintaining an absentee ballot voter list, which means once someone applies for one, they will not have to re-apply each time there is an election, unless they move to another township, village, or city.

The two also talked about ‘risk limiting audits’ and how they help protect the county’s election infrastructure from cyber threats and other potential problems.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu