One out of every 266 voters participating in Michigan's Nov. 8, 2016, general election did not have a photo ID, according to the state elections bureau.

Of the 4,874,619 votes cast in the state, 18,339 individuals signed the affidavit of identity required of individuals who want to vote without a picture ID.

Nearly one-third of those affidavits — 5,834 — were signed in the city of Detroit.

Other cities with a high number of affidavits included Grand Rapids (535) and Southfield (463).

In the cities of Rochester and Livonia, all voters showed a photo ID.


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