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Senate adopts bills to enact voter restrictions


The Michigan Senate adopted bills on Wednesday to expand I.D. requirements to vote in-person or to get an absentee ballot.

The bills were adopted on party-line votes.

Republican Senator Ruth Johnson is a former Secretary of State. She says showing a photo ID is a reasonable expectation.

“I.D. is an essential part of everyday life for most Americans.”

Senator Sylvia Santana is a Detroit Democrat. She says Republicans know the landscape is changing after losing the 2020 presidential race.

“So now you want to change the rules and add barriers so that people who look like me get frustrated and decide not to vote.”

The bills now go to the Republican-controlled House. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’d veto the bills if they reach her desk.