Michigan lawmakers vote to end regular February elections

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LANSING, MI (AP) – Michigan lawmakers are moving to end regularly scheduled election dates in February.

Bills that won final approval Thursday in the Senate would leave intact election dates in May, August and November. Michigan would still have presidential primary elections, which typically are held in February or March every four years.

The legislation goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

Michigan consolidated elections into four dates starting in 2005.

Supporters say February elections are no longer needed because they have the lowest voter turnout. They say local government leaders and schools should schedule bonding and tax proposals on election dates when more taxpayers participate.

Republicans rejected Democrats’ amendment that would have tied the bills to early-voting legislation such as allowing voters to cast an absentee ballot for any reason.

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