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Senate panel hears bill on 'voter ID' requirement for Wyoming

Jan 25, 2013 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- A Wyoming state Senate committee is considering a bill that would require voters to show a valid photo identification card to cast their ballot.

The Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee heard testimony on the measure Thursday and will discuss it again on Tuesday, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.

Republican state Sen. Ogden Driskill, of Devils Tower, the primary sponsor of the bill, said it is not an attempt to stop anyone from voting but would verify voters' identity and ensure they are in the correct precinct.

"A man's vote is probably the most sacred privilege we've got in the United States," he said.

The bill would require voters to show an election judge a valid ID issued by the federal government or the state of Wyoming.

The judge could challenge a voter who is unable or declines to show an ID. Voters who are challenged could return later to the county clerk's office with the ID.

Wyoming currently does not require ID to vote, but does require it to register.

Republican state Sen. Charles Scott, of Casper, said "mis-voting" occurs in Wyoming. Voters sometimes give non-existent addresses, he said.

"I think that happens with some frequency," he said.

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