Senate Removes Voter ID Exemption

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Senate has reconsidered and changed a voter identification bill that it originally passed in January.

The Senate Wednesday removed a provision that would've made older voters exempt from showing ID at the polls. Now, the bill says voters of all ages would have to show a photo ID.

The exemption for people born before 1946 was originally put in the bill to address concerns that ID could be used to intimidate older black voters who were once subject to Jim Crow laws.

Senate Elections Committee chairman Terry Burton, R-Newton, said it makes no sense to have some people exempt from proving their identity. The bill moves to the House.

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