Stronger Voter ID Clears a Hurdle

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The Senate Elections Committee Friday approved legislation requiring voters to present identification at the polls. The committee was divided over the voter ID bill.

Sen. David Jordan of Greenwood said the legislation would open the door to voter intimidation, especially among minorities.

Elections Committee chairman, Sen. Terry Burton of Newton, said the purpose of the bill is to target people who misrepresent themselves at the polls.

Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory challenged committee members to present documentation of the alleged misconduct, but none was offered.

The committee also approved a campaign finance bill that would increase the contribution limits, but doesn't address disclosure of soft money.

The bill would increase corporate contributions from $1,000 to $2,000. It was amended to require electronic filing by candidates who receive $500,000 or more in total campaign contributions.

The bill would also require more disclosure about loans, including the identification of guarantors and the terms of repayment.