According to Michigan’s elections bureau, one out of every 266 voters participating in the November 8 general election did not present a photo ID. The agency reported that of the 4,874,619 votes cast, 18,339 individuals signed an affidavit affirming their identity so that they could vote without a picture ID.
Almost one-third of the affidavits (5,834) were signed in Detroit. Other cities exhibiting high levels of such affidavits were: Grand Rapids (535) and Southfield (463).
However, in the cities of Rochester and Livonia, all voters showed a photo ID.
Michigan is one of three states, including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, being subjected to a costly recount because of questions raised by Democrats and the Green Party over whether the voting was accurate.
In 2012, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) condemned laws requiring an individual to have a photo identification to vote in local, state and federal elections. In an IBEW article, the union claimed, “Eleven percent, or over 21 million, of American citizens do not possess a government-issued photo ID.” The union said that something it called “the ultraright” is pushing for photo identification as a requirement to vote.
However, the IBEW does demand a photo ID for any member seeking to leave the union. 
Ryan Greene filed an unfair labor practices complaint in 2012 with the National Labor Relations Board because an IBEW local required him to present photo identification in order to quit the union. The IBEW is not the only union to come out against photo IDs as a requirement to vote and then demand them of members who want to part ways with the union. A complaint was filed against UAW Local 600 union for requiring members who want to leave to do so in person, accompanied by a photo ID.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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