Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Voter ID Bill with Changes

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Voter ID Bill with Changes

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The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill requiring voters to show an ID at the polls, but amended the bill to include many more kinds of identification than had been included by the House of Delegates. The bill (HB 4013) passed the committee after 10 p.m. Tuesday night on a divided voice vote, with most Republicans in favor and most Democrats opposed.

Republicans say voter ID laws help ensure valid elections. Democrats say the laws make it more difficult for people to vote.

The bill would likely be the least strict voter ID law of the 33 states that have such laws.

The House version would have allowed any government issued photo ID, and also Medicare and Social Security cards. The Senate committee added birth certificates, voter registration cards, hunting and fishing licenses, Medicaid cards, debit cards, credit cards, health insurance cards, utility bills, bank statements, paychecks, SNAP cards and TANF cards to the forms of acceptable IDs. …

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