House Approves Voter ID

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Voter ID gained new momentum at the Capitol Tuesday. The House voted 92 to 28 for a bill requiring most voters to show a drivers license or other identification starting next January.

People born before Jan. 1, 1940, would not have to show ID. The bill also gives back voting rights to some people convicted of nonviolent felonies such as writing bad checks.

The bill goes to the Senate for more debate. Gov. Haley Barbour said a comprehensive ID requirement will bring accountability to elections.

Opponents say ID could be used to suppress voting, particularly among minorities.


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