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Tue May 22, 2012
Proposed changes to Michigan election laws draw ire from protestors
A House committee meeting in Lansing was interrupted today by a group of about 50 protestors angry over proposed election law changes.
The House Redistricting and Elections Committee planned to vote on a series of changes including one that would require either a photo ID or birth certificate to be presented when registering to vote. Opponents argue that the new rule would create unfair hurdles for some potential voters.
Protestors yelled slogans including "respect our vote" and some people were escorted outside.
According to the Detroit News, the protest was led by Pastor W.J. Rideout and Rev. Charles Williams Sr., the latter of whom told committee members "you're killing democracy" before leaving the meeting.
Another man, the News says, told committee chairman Rep. Pete Lund that, "The blood of Martin Luther King Junior is on your hands."
Despite the disruption, the committee voted to have the bill move to the House floor.
-John Klein Wilson,Michigan Radio Newsroom
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