Bills would require voters without photo ID to return later

Posted at 6:46 AM, Dec 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-01 06:46:32-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans are considering new legislation to change the procedure for voters who don’t show a photo ID at their polling place.

A bill up for a potential vote Thursday in the House Elections Committee would require those casting a provisional ballot to visit their clerk’s office no later than 10 days after the election to ensure it’s counted. They would have to present a photo ID with their current address or other documentation establishing their residency.

Under current law, voters without a photo ID must sign a brief affidavit before voting.

A hearing on the legislation was held Wednesday.

The liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan says it’s a “voter suppression” bill. The sponsor, Republican Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons of Alto, says the measure would protect the integrity of elections.