DENVER (AP) — A long-debated requirement that voters show photo IDs when they cast ballots is back before the Colorado Legislature.

A state House committee planned to hear testimony Wednesday on requiring voters to show photo ID.

Republicans generally support the idea, including Colorado’s top elections official, Secretary of State Scott Gessler. Democrats fear the change could make it harder for people who don’t have driver’s licenses to cast their ballots.

Colorado is currently one of 16 states that require IDs but not photo IDs at polling places. Coloradans can use utility bills and bank statements as proof of identification.

Last year, a similar photo ID voter bill passed the Republican House but was defeated in the Democratic Senate.

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Comments (3)
  1. shawn says:

    Why do republicans fear the people actually getting to vote? They fear the loss of power in the congress by losing the house for their backwards thinking on all the social issues.

  2. Randi says:

    I have no issue with people being required to show a picture id. They don’t need a driver’s license – they can get a CO state picture ID. Very simple and easy to get. I just got one for my dad.

  3. Brian says:

    Why are they considering this? When was the last time there was a convicted case of voter fraud? The only thing that this will accomplish is making it harder for the poor and old to vote.

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