Michigan House Approves Strict New Voter ID Bill Over Dem Objections

The State House is seen on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Michigan’s GOP-led House of Representatives approved a stringent voter ID proposal on Wednesday night that Democrats warn could disproportionately affect properly registered minority and low-income voters, the Detroit News reported.

Under the proposed legislation, Michigan voters who show up to the polls without photo ID can cast provisional ballots but must bring ID to their local clerk’s office within 10 days of an election for the vote to be counted.

This is a significant change from current state law, which allows registered voters to vote on Election Day without IDs as long as they sign an affidavit affirming their identity under threat of perjury. The Detroit News reported that some 18,388 state residents took advantage of that option in the Nov. 8 election, many of them in heavily Democratic Wayne County, where majority-black Detroit is the county seat.

Donald Trump’s margin of victory over Hillary Clinton in the Great Lake State was 10,704 votes.

GOP lawmakers promoting the proposal argue that they’re trying to weed out voter fraud, but a spokesman for the Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson told the Detroit News that the office is “not aware of fraud related to the affidavit.” The consensus among voting experts is that voter fraud in general is exceedingly rare.

Democrats who oppose the measure say it presents another barrier to voting access for Michigan residents, particularly lower-income and minority voters.

The measure, which passed 57-50, mostly along party lines, now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate.

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  1. The GOP turning is into apartheit S. Africa, one state at a time.

    Constitution needs a “universal right to vote”, abolishing the EC. Ammendment. Won’t happen in my lifetime, though.

  2. Republicans are fundamentally dishonest and untrustworthy.

    They can only win by cheating.

  3. Well that’s depressing. I wonder if any of these people ever feel bad that they are destroying American Institutions, peoples faith in them,and causing real harm to those who need them to work the way they where meant to.

  4. I think they are trolling for violence. I think they’ll get it, too.

  5. Under the proposed legislation, Michigan voters who show up to the polls without photo ID can cast provisional ballots but must bring ID to their local clerk’s office within 10 days of an election for the vote to be counted.

    A less publicized law was passed at the same time. Clerk's offices in the 10 days immediately following an election will be open only on Tuesdays, from 5:15AM to 5:25AM.

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