Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed bills sponsored by his own party that would have required some voters to show a photo ID before they could get an absentee ballot and mandated extra training for groups registering voters.
He also vetoed legislation to require voters to reaffirm their U.S. citizenship before receiving a ballot. The governor said in a statement Tuesday that he signed 11 other election bills into law.
Common Cause Michigan and the League of Women Voters are among groups praising Snyder's veto of the voter registration measure.
Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger says he's "very disappointed" his party's governor vetoed "very reasonable" changes to election laws.
Snyder says the vetoed bills could have created confusion among absentee voters and groups conducting voter registration drives.
Most of the bills are based on reforms proposed by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.
"There is nothing more sacred to democracy than integrity in our elections - safeguarding the principle of one citizen, one vote," said Johnson. "Our system is the best in the world and I encourage every voter who can do so to register and vote to have their voice heard on Election Day. These measures, along with electronic poll books and post-election audits, will work together to ensure integrity in the process."
Visit www.legislature.mi.gov for more information on the bills.
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