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Voter ID Requirement Again Before Colorado Lawmakers

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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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