Chris Swope: the Lansing City Clerk Wants to Reduce the Number of Voting Precincts | Latest Update!

LANSING, Mich- The Michigan midterm elections are approaching, and if a Lansing City Clerk has his way, residents may be voting at a new location.

Since 2018, roughly 2/3rds of Lansing residents have voted absentee, according to city clerk Chris Swope. That is why he is suggesting a reform to the voting system in the capital city. The position of the voting booths has changed. Last Monday, he proposed eliminating five precincts, bringing the overall number of precincts to 40. Swope believes that the savings will be around $25,000 per year.

“I feel like we need fewer precincts and voting locations on Election Day because so many people are showing both with their vote on proposal three of 2018 as well as their actions in how they’re voting since then that people want to vote by mail or vote in person ahead of the election in my office,” Swope explained.

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Chris Swope: the Lansing City Clerk Wants to Reduce the Number of Voting Precincts | Latest Update!

Although this has no bearing on who wins political campaigns, according to Matt Grossmann, a political scientist at Michigan State University. The number of persons who vote will almost certainly decrease as a result of this adjustment.

“Changing people’s polling places makes them marginally less inclined to participate,” Grossman explained. “This is especially true if the new polling station is further away from my residence than the previous location.” Some persons may arrive at the incorrect voting location and must determine whether or not to proceed to the correct polling location.”

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According to Swope, they tried to build it so that most of the destinations are on CATA bus lines, but there are other options as well.

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