Governor Rick Snyder says he’s open to re-visiting three controversial elections bills he vetoed recently. The original vetoes were cheered by Democrats. Republicans fumed.
Snyder vetoed legislation to require people to show a state-issued I.D. and affirm their U.S. citizenship to get an absentee ballot.
“His concern was that there’d be many people who would not check the box, would be citizens, and would spoil their ballots because of the new component. So he was concerned there votes would not count,” says Geralyn Lasher, the governor’s communications director. But Lasher says he is open to re-fashioning the legislation.
“There were some specific items that he just felt needed to be corrected and, if they stood as they were, he wouldn’t be able to sign the bills,” she says.
Lasher says the governor’s is also open to re-visiting legislation to require state training for people who want to register voters.
Republican leaders in the Legislature say they’re looking to see if they can craft new legislation that the Governor would support.
Democrats and progressive groups say they wish the governor would let his vetoes stand as his final word on the matter.