State House members passed a GOP-backed bill that would require state residents show a photo ID before being allowed to vote. The bill, previously approved by three legislative committees, allows several forms of identification to verify voters. Democrats and civil rights groups who oppose the bill say new requirements amount to attempts at voter suppression.
Republican David Lewis, chair of the House Elections Committee, says the bill ensures fairness.
"Our system of government depends on open, honest elections," he says. "Having people prove who they say they are as a condition of voting makes sense, and guarantees each vote is weighted equally and cumulatively determines the outcome of the election."
The bill passed along party lines in the House. The measure moves on to the Republican-controlled Senate.