This week, the Senate passed the first three bills in their 39-bill package making reforms to elections in Michigan. Prior to passage, there was a heated debate over the changes, with Democratic members speaking in strong opposition to the legislation. The bills require 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 their social security number, or a photocopy of their identification or present to a clerk in person proper identification in order to verify their identify and receive their AV ballot. Additionally, a voter who shows up in person to vote without proper identification may cast a provisional ballot but must return to their local clerk within six days after the election with identification for their vote to be counted. The bills have been referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee for consideration.
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