Gov. Snyder vetoes portion of new Michigan election laws

Snyder vetoes voter ID requirement for absentee ballots, training for voter registration

Published On: Jul 03 2012 02:18:40 PM EDT
Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing
LANSING, Mich. -

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 of Michigan and the League of Women Voters are among groups praising Snyder's veto of the voter registration measure.

Republican House Speaker, Jase Bolger said he's "deeply disappointed" his party's governor vetoed "very reasonable" changes to election laws.

Snyder said the vetoed bills could have created confusion among absentee voters and groups conducting voter registration drives.