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House Elections Committee is hearing a bill to allow voters to request absentee ballots online

Emma Winowiecki
Michigan Radio

Michigan residents could permanently have a way to request an absentee ballot online if a bill to codify an existing practice succeeds in becoming law.

But first, it has a House committee hearing slated for tomorrow [TUES].

Democratic Representative Julie Rogers sponsors the bill. She says the online applications have worked well since the Secretary of State started using them in 20-20.

Representative Rogers said, "I saw this as a win-win for voters to have easy access to an absentee ballot. I just want to be clear that this is an online application. ... It is not voting online."

The absentee ballot process has become controversial in recent elections with some sharing concerns about the risk for people abusing the system.

If a person already has a digital signature on file, the bill would require a full I-D number, birthday, partial social security number…and eye color to use that signature.