Lawmakers Consider Voter ID

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A voter identification bill is starting to make its way through the Mississippi Legislature.

The Senate Elections Committee passed a bill Wednesday saying each voter would have to show ID at the polls.

Among the documents that would be allowed are a driver's license, a passport, a state government employment ID or a military identification card.

Supporters say it would help reduce the chance of election fraud. Opponents say an ID requirement could be used to intimidate older black voters who were once subject to Jim Crow laws.

The bill moves to the full Senate for debate. Efforts to get voter ID in Mississippi have failed for the past decade.

During the 2008 session, state Sen. Terry Burton of Newton persuaded the Senate to allow voter ID to be introduced past its regular deadline. But the House never considered the measure.

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