This week, the Senate approved of the latest round of reforms to Michigan’s voting laws, focusing on voter identification. Under the changes, voters would be required to show identification when voting in person and require absentee voters to write their Michigan driver’s license number or state ID card number on their absentee ballot application. Alternatively, a voter could write in the last four numbers of their social security number on their application or present their identification to their clerk to get an absentee ballot. A resident could vote without identification but would cast a provisional ballot and must return to their local clerk within six days after the election to verify their identify in order for their vote to be counted. Lastly, the package would make getting or renewing an official state personal identification free of charge to Michigan residents. The three bills will be returned to the House for their consideration of the Senate made changes.
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