The Michigan Senate passed a bill Wednesday requiring a voter requesting an absentee ballot to withal submit a form of identification. On a party-line 19-16 vote, senators sent SB 285 to the House, which would require a voter to withal include one of the following:
his or her driver license number or official state personal identification card number on the application, or the last 4 digits of his or her Social Security number on the application, or a pristine or a facsimile of identification for Election purposes, or
annex a facsimile of identification for Election purposes to his or her application. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) is expected to veto it. “Requiring voters to verify their identity is the best way to bulwark the one person, one vote standard,” state Sen. Ruth Johnson (R), a former secretary of state, verbally expressed during debate, Mlive reported.
“The prodigious majority of Michigan denizens already have drivers licenses or a state ID, and their state already offers free IDs to many denizens, including individuals over 65 years of age, those who are licitly blind, veterans, anyone who was homeless and anyone who receives state avail,” she integrated.
Strengthening voter ID laws is popular in Michigan. A Strategic National survey in April verbally expressed 72.1 percent of Michigan respondents fortified exhibiting photo identification prior to voting. Just 21.9 percent verbalized they did not.
Fifty-eight percent of ebony respondents fortified the concept. Just 32 percent verbalized exhibiting an ID “discriminated against some voters.” “Senate Bill 285, which sanctions that a voter who opts to vote absentee ballot to withal have the option to submit a photocopy of their regime issue ID with their ballot, makes it such that if that concrete voter culls that option, they must incur an adscititious cost in order to cast their ballot,” state Sen. Erika Geiss (D) verbally expressed.
She argued it amounted to a “de facto poll tax.” “Despite the prevarications and disinformation from the Democrat “Party,” an astronomical majority of Americans support photo ID to vote,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser verbalized in a verbalization.
“The steps taken today by Republicans will make it more facile to vote, and harder to cheat.” The party has floated a denizens initiative to pursue Election reform laws as an expedient to eschew a likely Whitmer veto.