Lansing — The Michigan House on Thursday voted 56-51 along party lines to create stricter voter ID requirements in Michigan election law, pushing the legislation to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk where it is likely to be vetoed.

The legislation — which enshrines most of the changes present in a separate ballot initiative currently collecting signatures — was debated Thursday afternoon with several Democratic lawmakers criticizing it as voter suppression and Republicans defending the measures as a means to ensure safe and secure elections.

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Protesters were escorted from the gallery during the floor debate after they shouted “No justice, no peace!” and “This is a dirty rotten shame.”

“My vote is my voice,” Rep. Amos O’Neal, D-Saginaw, repeated several times on the House floor.

“These bills are bad policy for the very people the 1965 Voting Rights Act was created to protect,” O’Neal said.

But Republican lawmakers argued the legislation was a way to put best practices into statute and assuage some of the doubts that cropped up during a wave of unfounded fraud allegations after the 2020 general election.

Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Wayland, noted individuals need an ID to get a hunting or fishing license, get on a plane, buy a gun or even visit state representatives in their offices.

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