DENVER (CBS4) – A plan to require Colorado voters to show a photo ID may go to voters. The bill passed out of the House on Tuesday and is headed to the Senate.

If the bill passes in the Senate and is approved by the governor, it would go on the November ballot.

Americans show photo ID to get on a plane, have a drink at a bar, and even buy a bottle of Sudafed at the drugstore. But when it comes to requiring an ID to vote, lawmakers are firmly divided.

After five bills in five years Republican Rep. Libby Szabo decided there was only one way to resolve the matter.

“So what I did was run an amendment that would make it a referred measure that would let the people of Colorado vote on it,” Szabo said.

The measure would allow for a wide variety of IDs.

“You can use school ID, your driver’s license, a state-issued ID, a pilot’s license, Medicare and Medicaid,” Szabo said.

Anything that proves citizenship could be used.

Szabo points to data from the Secretary of State showing up to 4,500 people are registered to vote who may not be citizens.

“There has not been a showing in Colorado that there has been wide spread fraud,” said Rep. Crisanta Duran,” D-District 5.

Duran argues it’s the elderly, poor and minorities who would be impacted.

“If this bill passes it will lead to voter suppression,” Duran said.

Szabo says let voters decide.

“If this is something that they think is important to the voting process, then they will say ‘yes.’ If they think this will disenfranchise people, then they will say ‘no,’ ” Szabo said.

Thirty-two other states have voter ID laws with five requiring a photo ID.

Comments (5)
  1. F. J. Wulff says:

    Photo Identification should absolutely be required for voting.

  2. luis lopez says:

    We show a picture ID when voting, it’s been that way for years, constitutional or unconstitutional,why are these people wasting time on senseless issues ?

  3. Asodeska says:

    Good thing.
    That way it will be more difficult for Democrats to cheat.

  4. jose y maria y ancor baby says:

    me y maria here illegal.SEIU thug say not worry he get us id with fotographia!
    acorn lady say she help too.. Hickenlooper say he help ..he and espousa love illegal..recuerdo raul gomez-garcia? when ballt come in mail in “espanol” you think we no vota? you loco gringo!

  5. K says:

    It’s about time…. the only reason Dem’s faught this so long is they are afraid to loose some votes from the illegals and people who cheat and vote with someone else’s identification. This will not whip out voter fraud but it’s a start.

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