Michigan Senate OKs Voting Law Changes

One of the bills would require people to show photo IDs to register to vote, another would make people who volunteer to help with voter registration drives complete training, and the other would require people applying to vote to prove their citizenship.
by | February 15, 2012
 

Republican Michigan lawmakers took one step closer Tuesday to making their state the latest to enact stricter voting laws.

According to the Detroit News, the Senate approved a set of bills 26-12 along party lines that would require people to show photo IDs to register to vote, make people who volunteer to help with voter registration drives complete training, and require people applying to vote to prove their citizenship.

Democrats across the states have adamantly opposed Republicans’ proposed voting law changes because, they say, it would make it more difficult for young, minority, elderly and low-income people to cast their ballots. 30 states, including Michigan, are considering voter ID legislation this year, reports the regional newspaper. 14 states passed voting law changes last year -- one of which was Rhode Island, a notoriously liberal state with Democrat-dominated chambers.

The House will vote on the measures next.

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