Michigan residents without state-issued identification struggle to access financial resources and educational opportunities and safely get to work, school, and medical appointments. That needs to change.
Legislators want Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to resume “walk-in” service at branch offices. But Benson said House legislation is essentially satisfied by a “walk up” system in which customers can get an appointment, but perhaps not that day.
Supporters say you need an ID to buy beer so you should need one to vote. Foes say eliminating an option allowing voters without ID to still cast ballots amounts to an illegal fee. The courts may decide.
New records show 11,417 Michiganders voted without ID in November. Contrary to popular belief, they weren’t all in Democratic counties — and in almost all communities, no-ID ballots represented less than 1 percent of votes.
Local officials in hundreds of Michigan communities installed more than 1,100 absentee ballot drop boxes last year, state data shows. Election officials say new regulations proposed by Senate Republicans threaten to limit the popular option in future elections.