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Proposed Washtenaw County Identification Card Program To Be Shared Tonight

Aug 7, 2014

Many area residents live their lives without being able to prove who they are. A proposal to help these people will be discussed at tonight's Washtenaw County Commissioners work session.

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Over the past 18 months supporters of a Washtenaw County Identification card have tried to address concerns raised by critics of the plan.

They are now prepared to move forward with creating ID cards that would benefit area homeless, transgender and undocumented residents.

County Commissioners Chair Yousef Rabhi says I-D's are important on a near daily basis, "A lot of us take for granted, you know whether it's we're going to the restaurant and we want to prove our birth date for the wait staff, or going to cash a check at the bank."

Rabhi stresses the ID wouldn't let undocumented individuals vote. He says communities in other states have similar local ID's but not in Michigan.

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