New voter identification requirement takes effect

Due to a recent court ruling, every Michigan voter who wishes to vote in an election must comply with a new state requirement by showing picture identification at the polling place, the City Clerk’s office announced.

“Voters can satisfy the picture ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card,” City Clerk Mary Ann Rilley said.

Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as they are current:

•Driver’s license or personal ID issued by another state
•Federal or state government-issued photo identification
•U.S. Passport
•Military identification card with photo
•Student identification card with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher education
•Tribal identification card with photo

The State of Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters at the polls with have picture identification with them. Voters that do not have picture ID with them will be able to vote if they sign an affidavit.

For more information regarding the new identification requirement, call the City Clerk’s office at (734) 374-1474.