West Virginia Senate OKs Less Strict Voter ID Bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia senators have passed a less strict version of a bill requiring voters to show identification while at the polls.

On Friday, the Senate voted 20-14 for the measure requiring people to show anything from driver’s licenses to credit cards. Many documents that qualify wouldn’t have to contain photos, including utility bills or paychecks within six months of the election, or voter registration cards.

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

Otherwise, voters would cast provisional ballots.

It would be effective in 2018.

The bill heads back to the House, which passed a version that included fewer ID options without photos. The legislative session ends Saturday.