Music and NPR News for Central and Northern Michigan
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Local/Regional News

Republicans pushing changes to Michigan election laws

292525546_5d9326149d_b.jpg
Mounds of Absentee Ballots by lancefisher is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
/

Republicans are advancing changes to Michigan’s election laws from a state Senate committee to the full chamber.The bills center on heightened ID requirements for voting, and new requirements for applying-for and voting-by absentee ballot.

The legislation passed through committee along party lines, with Democrat Paul Wojno the lone dissenter.

“Would the clerk please call the roll? Chairwoman Johnson? Yes. Senator McBroom? Yes. Senator Vanderwaal? Yes. Senator Wojno? No.”

GOP legislatures across the country have been making it more difficult to vote following Donald Trump’s loss in the presidential election. Many Republicans have spread false claims of systemic voter fraud to justify the necessity of these bills.