Republicans in Michigan have approved a strict, but very rational, voter ID law that is a Democrats’ worst nightmare. Citizens would actually have to produce photo identification to prove who they are or they can’t vote.
Rep. Gary Glenn said the purpose of the law is to “protect the integrity of every single Michigan citizen’s vote, because every vote is diluted if fraudulent votes are cast.”
Michigan Democrats resist the proposal saying it will disadvantage lower income voters. But there’s a provision for that in that the law also provides free state ID cards or birth certificates needed to obtain one, as the Detroit News reports.
“We want everyone to be able to vote easily, but we want them to know their vote is being protected,” Rep. Lisa Lyons said, a sponsor of the bill. “This legislation is simple: In order to have your vote count, you must prove you are who you say you are.”
If the legislation passes the state Senate, voters who show up to the polls without a state-issued ID will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot but will have to confirm it by showing an ID to the local clerk’s office within 10 days. The current law allows something similar as the report explains:
Current state law allows registered voters to cast a ballot without photo identification if they sign an affidavit affirming their identity under threat of perjury, an option 18,388 residents used in the Nov. 8 election, according to the Michigan Secretary of State.
It is stated that nearly 6,000 voters used that option on election day in Detroit. So far, legislators said they “are not aware of fraud related to the affidavit” but there is always the chance voters lie on the affidavits.
Democrat Rep. Jeff Irwin said the new law would only cause “confusion and chaos at the polls” and make long lines even longer. “Maybe that’s the point,” he added.
But Republicans are confident the law would “deter and detect fraud, however widespread it may or may not be.”
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas took credit for the proposal in Michigan thanks to the organization's undercover investigations of rampant voter fraud inside the Democratic Party: