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Voter photo ID bill advances

Voter photo ID bill advances

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 8:03 pm
By: AP

NASHVILLE (AP) — The House State and Local Government Committee has passed a bill requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls.
House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville told the panel on Tuesday the bill is needed to prevent voter fraud.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville said he was concerned it would amount to a “back-door poll tax” unless the state provides a free photo ID to those who need it.
The Senate passed its version of the bill in February.
The bill exempts people in nursing and group homes and those who have religious objections to being photographed. It would not apply to those casting absentee ballots.
Maggart said voters without ID could cast provisional ballots and present their IDs within two days.

Published in The Messenger 4.6.11

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