This week, the Senate Elections Committee reported a package of bills making reforms to voting laws in Michigan. The bills focus on providing identification during the voting process. This includes, requiring anyone applying for an absentee ballot with the secretary of state or local clerk to provide either an official Michigan driver’s license number or personal identification card number, the last four digits of a social security number, a photocopy of such identification, or present proper identification to a clerk in person in order to verify their identify and receive an absentee voter ballot. If a voter is unable to provide the required information, a provisional ballot would be issued, and the person would have up to six days after an election to prove their identify for the ballot to be tabulated. The bills would also require identification when voting in person and allows a voter without identification to cast a provisional ballot and return to their local clerk within six days after the election to verify their identity to have their vote counted. The bills have been sent to the Senate floor for consideration.
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