A state law to require photo ID to vote in Michigan, approved in 1996 but suspended before it went into effect, has been upheld by the Michigan Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision released Wednesday.
The court majority – comprised of Chief Justice Clifford Taylor and Justices Maura Corrigan, Stephen Markman, Elizabeth Weaver and Robert Young Jr. - found that while the right to vote is fundamental it is “not without limits.”
The court was responding to a request from state Rep. Craig DeRoche, R-Novi, the Republican leader in the state House, to review the law, which had been suspended when former Attorney General Frank Kelley deemed it unconstitutional.
The issue of voter ID has been highly politicized, with Republicans generally supporting the idea and Democrats generally opposed. The court also split along partisan lines. All five of the justices in the majority were Republican court nominees. The two dissenters, Justices Michael Cavanagh and Marilyn Kelly, were nominated by the Democratic Party.
Critics had argued it placed an unfair burden on poor and elderly people.
The least that should be done is requiring ID to vote to prove you aren't voting for a dead person. The vote fraud advocated are all crying in their beer over this one. Too bad. Tell Michigan's version of Boss Daley TS.