House panel approves stricter voter ID bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have advanced contentious legislation that would change the procedure for voters who don’t show photo identification at their polling place.

Voters without an ID currently must sign an affidavit before voting. Under the bill approved Thursday by the Republican-led House Elections Committee, they could vote but would have to visit the local clerk’s office no later than 10 days after the election to ensure their ballot is counted.

They would have to present a photo ID with their current address or other documentation establishing their residency, or sign an affidavit attesting to an inability to obtain an ID.

House Elections Chairwoman Lisa Posthumus Lyon says the bills are based on an Indiana law that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats say Republicans are trying to suppress the vote.

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4 comments

  • steve thomas

    As always, Democrats crying “suppression” of the voters. Bull. There is absolutely no reason for anybody to not have photo ID with them when they go to vote. Period

  • Chris

    So if you loose your ID at the gun range night before election you have to skip work within 10 days to make sure election workers did their job.

    • J.B.

      Yep…and prob have to skip a day to go to the DMV and get a new one too…and have to provide some sort of ID there too..that or might be driving back from the range the next week and get pulled over and the police officer will wants some too.
      Not to mention no drinks at the bar…no cigs at the gas station, no plane rides, no banking, heck cant even get a post office box…etc..on and on..
      Being an American citizen sure is rough and inconvenient huh?

    • YM4

      Well if it’s just loose, you might be able to put it back in your wallet. Now if now if you lose it, you would have to get it replaced. Personally I might take a few hours vacation to go get my ID replaced. I quit skipping things when I graduated from school.