Senate Votes to Allow New Voter ID Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Senate has approved a resolution that would allow a new bill to be filed for voter identification and other election issues. Tuesday's vote was 36-13.

Supporters say voters should show a driver's license or other ID to ensure the integrity of the election system. Opponents say there's no proof that ID will eliminate suspected voter fraud.

Senate Elections Committee Chairman Terry Burton of Newton said he wants to file legislation that will address voter ID and the restoration of voting rights to felons.

The resolution must also be approved by two-thirds of the House before a bill can be filed.

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