House Passes Voter ID Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A bill advancing in the Mississippi Legislature would expand early voting and require voters to show identification at the polls.

The bill passed the House Elections Committee Tuesday and is expected to come up for a vote of the full House by next week.

Critics say the ID requirement is weak because people could show identification with or without a photo.

Supporters say the plan addresses concerns that a photo ID requirement could disenfranchise anybody without a driver's license.

“I have long believed when Mississippians begin to trust each other, we will have meaningful voter reform in our state. Today’s committee vote was a step in that direction,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a supporter of voter ID.

A separate voter ID bill passed the Mississippi Senate in January. The two chambers eventually could try to write a compromise bill. Or discussions about voter ID could fail, as they have done for more than a decade.

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