You do not need a photo ID to vote in Michigan

Posted at 11:37 AM, Nov 05, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is reminding voters that state law allows voters to cast a ballot with or without photo identification.

In a letter sent to clerks in the November 2018 election, the ACLU is asking they post clear information about voter identification requirements at voting sites on Tuesday to eliminate confusion.

“It’s simple. If you’re a registered voter in Michigan, you have a right to vote – with or without a photo ID,” said Sharon Dolente, ACLU of Michigan voting rights expert, in a press release. “This is one of our most important rights as citizens, and the right to vote must be communicated accurately and protected by election officials.”

In a letter to clerks, the ACLU referenced a complaint from a Michigan voter who was denied the opportunity to vote in the August 2018 primary.

Under Michigan law, registered voters can cast ballots if they don't have a photo ID or failed to bring it with them to the polls. The only requirement is that they sign an affidavit form at their polling location.

“Voters rely on the guidance of election officials to ensure that they can exercise their fundamental right to vote,” said Dolente. “Poll workers have a legal duty to offer the affidavit to a voter without a picture ID.”

For more information about the voter identification requirement, click here.