Lawmakers consider bumping up election days

Two bills have been introduced as part of a bipartisan legislative package that would change the election dates in Michigan to better balance the election calendar for local clerks and court challenges. The bills would change state law to move the state and local election dates in May up to March and move the August primary election date to June. This would allow local clerks more time to prepare absentee ballots between the primary and general elections, and also allow courts to hear cases on delays, recounts, or challenges leading up to an important November general or midterm election.