Wed March 6, 2013
House Committee OKs Repealing Next Phase Of Voter ID Law
An effort to repeal the next phase of the state's voter ID law is moving onto the full House with a favorable recommendation to pass.
The action taken by the House Election Law committee this week takes a middle-ground approach on the state’s voter ID law.
The committee voted 11-7 to recommend passage of the bill that would roll back the next phase of the law set to take effect in September.
Those new provisions eliminate certain forms of identification from being accepted at polling sites. They also require that voters without ID have their pictures taken before being able to cast a ballot.
The state estimates it will cost roughly 81 thousand dollars to implement this next phase of the law.
But the committee, by a vote of 10-6, also killed a bill that would repeal the state’s voter ID law entirely.
During testimony before the committee, supporters of voter ID objected to repealing the law completely before it has a chance to work.