People would be able to register to vote online under a package of bills passed by the state Senate on Thursday by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. Michigan residents who have driver’s licenses or state identification cards would be able to take advantage of the online registration. The bills, which passed on 35-1 votes in the Senate, were touted as a nod to the advances of technology and a convenience for Michiganders, by state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren.
“This isn’t voting, it’s simply registering to vote,” he said. “Whenever we can make things easier for our citizens, it’s a good idea. I talk with citizens all the time who aren’t registered to vote, particularly parents who have kids at home, who are 18, 19 or 20 and haven’t registered. We’re talking about a generation that is very technologically savvy and we’ve got to speak their language when it comes to things like this.”
… The bills — SB 425-429 — now move to the House of Representatives for consideration. The House Elections and Ethics committee approved similar bills Thursday — HB 5548-5549 — and those bills also will move to the full House for consideration.