West Virginia House Approves Voter ID Bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia House has approved a proposal to require voters to show ID at the polls.

With a 64-34 vote Friday, the House sent the bill to the Senate.

The bill would require a state or federally issued ID featuring a name and photo, ranging from driver’s licenses to valid in-state high school IDs.

Voters could also produce Medicare or Social Security cards without photos.

The ID can be six months expired on Election Day.

Instead of presenting ID, a voter could be accompanied to the polls by an adult who has known the voter at least six months, including poll workers.

They would sign affidavits and show IDs with their name, address and photo.

Otherwise, voters would cast provisional ballots.

The requirements would be effective January 2018.