Michigan House passes strict voter ID law that would most impact Detroit

Photo by Steve Neavling.
Photo by Steve Neavling.

The Republican-led Michigan House of Representatives passed a strict voter ID law Wednesday that would disproportionately affect Democrat-heavy Detroit.

Under the bill, residents who vote without a photo identification would be required to bring an ID to the clerk’s office within 10 days of an election or the vote won’t be counted.

About a third of the people who voted without an ID in the Nov. 8 election in Michigan were from Detroit, where Hillary Clinton received 95% of the vote.

Under the current law, voters currently may cast a provisional ballot without an ID.

Republicans said the bill is intended to prevent voter fraud. Democrats claim the law is intended to disenfranchise voters in lower-income areas.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

   

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.