Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lawmakers ask questions and debate on a bill that would require voters to provide a photo identification to obtain a ballot in the voting booth.  The debate led to the passing of the bill by a 59-39 vote.  

Voter ID Fraud Addressed

A bill dealing with voter fraud passed the House floor Wednesday (3/11).

House Bill 1037, authored by Rep. Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa, states that voters must provide a photo identification in order to cast their ballots, aiming at preventing voter fraud.

Critics said the bill would disinfrancise the elderly and minorities because those are the individuals that have a hard time buying a photo identification. This has led the critics to declare the bill as enacting a poll tax on those individuals.

"We're not trying to take anyone's right away from them," Tibbs said. "We are trying to protect this right that many American citizens have."

The bill passed the House by a vote of 59-39, splitting largely between party lines. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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