LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Thursday approved tougher voter ID requirements and a ban against mass mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications, finalizing bills that will be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The party-line votes in the House came shortly after several people in the gallery were escorted out for yelling in protest.
The legislation would require voters who request an absentee ballot to write their driver's license number, state ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security number. They currently sign the document, and the signature is checked against what is on file.
People who show up at the polls without a photo ID would no longer be able to sign an affidavit and cast a regular ballot. Instead, they would get a provisional ballot and have to verify their identity with the local clerk within six days for their vote to count.