LANSING, Mich. – Michigan voters would have access to free photo identification and more secure elections under legislation approved today by the Michigan State Senate. The bills would help Michigan residents who don’t have identification obtain it at no cost to themselves or their families, and would strengthen photo identification requirements for casting a ballot while ensuring every eligible voter who wants to vote has the opportunity.
According to recent polling, over 80% of voters support the requirement that a photo ID should be presented before casting a ballot, including 62% of Democrats.
“State senators passed legislation today that will make it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” said Tori Sachs, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund. “In Michigan, we’re required to show our ID for everyday tasks like picking up a prescription, cashing a check, and driving a car. Eighty percent of voters support requiring an ID to vote to make sure our elections are just as secure. Providing photo ID at no cost to voters will only make that easier. We encourage the House to approve these common-sense bills quickly, and send them to Gov. Whitmer for her signature.”