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Tue April 17, 2012
Michigan House debates proposed election law changes
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lawmakers in the Michigan House are debating proposed election law changes, including one that would require a voter to present a photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot in person.
The bills have passed the Republican-led Senate but Democrats object to some provisions. Democrats and a representative of the League of Women Voters told the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on Tuesday the proposals would create a barrier to voting for some residents, such as those who don't have driver's licenses.
Absentee voters could sign affidavits saying they don't have the ID and still pick up ballots, but those ballots could be challenged.
Another bill would require a photo ID or a birth certificate when registering to vote.
Supporters of the proposals say the requirements would protect against fraud.