Will new voter ID laws hurt Democrats in Michigan?
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm said on her Current TV show The War Room that Michigan’s Republican-led state legislature is passing bills that will hurt the Democratic Party during this and possibly future elections, such as Michigan’s new “Voter ID” laws.
Senate Bills 751, 754 and 803 went into effect on June 1. They require government issued photo identification to vote and affect how voter registration drives are operated.
Under SB 754, the Secretary of State must develop and provide training to voter registration drive organizations. With the primaries rapidly approaching, the bill does not provide a date when the Secretary of State must be in compliance. A one-day deadline has been imposed for organizations to turn in voter registration applications it collects during the last week of registration. Absentee voting and procedures regarding registration status are top issues being raised by those who are against the new bills.
Similar bills are being passed in several states across the country.
Michigan leans Democratic according to realclearpolitics.com's latest projections. The League of Women Voters of Michigan believes that the bills “could disproportionately suppress turnout of younger voters, minorities and low-income voters”. These groups tend to vote democratic. These new bills could mean President Obama’s campaign will have to battle to win Michigan’s 16 electoral votes if the race tightens.
Susan Woods is a junior at Wayne State University and a member of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity. She is an editorial intern at Metro Parent, a staff writer for WSU’s South End newspaper, and co-hosted a radio show on the WSU student radio network. On Twitter: @the_news_junkie