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Moyle pushes voter ID bill

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, persuaded a unanimous House State Affairs Committee this morning to introduce his bill to require voters to present photo ID's before they can vote. Here's a report from the Associated Press:

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho voters could have to present photo identification before casting their ballots, if a bill introduced in the House State Affairs Committee becomes law. The measure introduced Tuesday is similar to a plan broached a year ago, but House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, the sponsor, says it includes additions favored by Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and county clerks. There are lingering hurdles, however. For instance, Moyle says no compromise was reached on how to handle absentee or mail-in voters who don't show up at the polls. He says there could be a second bill. Under this measure, voters would have to present a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport. Those who no longer have valid licenses or other photo identification, such as elderly people, would merely have to sign an affidavit saying they are who they say they are, Moyle said.

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