Voter ID Passes House

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Mississippi House Thursday passed a bill requiring all voters to show identification when they go to the polls.

The bill is likely to go to a House-Senate conference committee for negotiations later this session.

The 67-to-51 vote was on a proposal to let people show any of 19 types of identification before they can cast ballots.

If a voter doesn't have the ID, he could sign a sworn statement affirming his identity.

The ID can be anything from a driver's license to a passport to a food stamp card.

The compromise proposal, crafted by black and white lawmakers, also makes voter intimidation a criminal offense.


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