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Summary Language for Voter ID Petition Approved

If enacted, the initiative would no longer allow voters without an I-D to sign an affidavit to vote—among other changes.

The Board of State Canvassers has approved a summary of a petition that would tighten Michigan’s voter ID laws during a meeting Thursday.

The petition would also require voters to give the last four digits of their social security number to register. It would also eliminate the ability for voters without an ID to cast a ballot by signing an affidavit.

Board of State Canvassers vice-chair Julie Matuzak said it’s important to let potential signers to know that at the top of the petition in the 100-word summary.

“This proposal says if you don’t have your ID, you have to cast a provisional ballot. And if you don’t show up at your clerk’s office within six days, your vote’s not going to count. And that’s disenfranchising people,” Matuzak said.

The petition, brought by the group Secure MI Vote, echoes G-O-P backed legislation brought up earlier this year.

Dem. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would veto any bills she believes made it harder for Michiganders to vote. However, this process would circumvent the need for her signature due to a loophole in the state constitution.

That led several speakers during the meeting to voice concerns that the measure itself would likely never reach a November ballot.

Secure MI Vote spokesperson Jamie Roe said he doesn’t see an issue with that process.

This is the system that’s prescribed in the Michigan Constitution. If there’s an issue with the process, their issue is with the Michigan Constitution,” Roe said.

For its petition to reach the legislature, Secure MI Vote would need to gather a minimum of 340,000 signatures.

While the Board of State Canvassers voted to approve the summary of the purpose for the petition, typos causing some letter L’s to appear where colons should be delayed the approval of the form itself.

The Board is planning to consider a re-printed version of the petition at a meeting next week. Once approved, signature gathering can begin.