Unbeknownst to many people, there is a Michigan Election Law that could potentially
hinder first time voters from voting with an absentee ballot. For example, if a high school
senior registered to vote during a voter registration drive and then attempted to obtain an
absentee ballot while away at school, the absentee ballot would be denied in accordance
with the Michigan Election Law.
Grand Rapids City Clerk Lauri Parks recalled, “In 2008, I received numerous calls
from parents trying to assist their out of town college student in obtaining an absentee ballot
as a first-time voter.