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Congress Considers Bill Requiring Strict Voter ID Regs

by Shreema Mehta

Voters who do not have the documentation would be able to fill out a provisional ballot, but would have to submit identification within 48 hours of casting a vote.

Voting reform advocates say the bill is unfair to the millions of people who do not have driver’s licenses or access to government documentation that prove citizenship, such as birth certificates or passports.

States would be required to provide photo identification for citizens who do not have it. But the progressive think tank Center for Budget and Policy Priorities said that provision does not remove the burden placed on voters who have not already obtained photo identification.