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Georgia Legislature passes photo voter ID

ATLANTA, April 1 (UPI) -- The Georgia Legislature has passed and sent to the governor a bill requiring voters to present photo identification before they cast a ballot.

Opponents are asking Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue to veto the bill, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Friday. The measure passed Thursday after lively debate.

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Leaders in the Republican-controlled Legislature said the bill would prevent fraud, but Democrats and other opponents said it would discriminate against the poor and elderly.

State lawmakers in Indiana and Wisconsin are considering similar photo ID legislation that is nearing final votes.

Nearly 60 bills were introduced in state legislatures this year dealing with voter identification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Photo ID was proposed in Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Indiana, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The most signiciant action has been in Georgia, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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