Democrats say a package of election reform bills clearing the state House on Tuesday is aimed at suppressing the vote in November’s election. And Republican state Rep. Peter Lund said he doesn’t totally disagree. “Yes, we’re suppressing the dead vote. If someone is dead, they should not be voting,” said Lund, of Shelby Township, during heated debate on the floor.
A package of bills approved largely along party line includes requiring photo identification to register to vote for those voters who want to vote absentee in their first election. If a person doesn’t show photo identification, he or she would still be able to register, but the registration would be handled as if the person registered by mail, which requires the voter to come in to the polls on Election Day to cast their ballot – not voting absentee in their first election.