Lawmakers in Georgia and Indiana walked off the job to protest the proposals, which they say would deprive the poor, the elderly and minorities of the right to vote. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, has already vetoed a similar measure and has vowed to do so again.
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Republicans argue the bills would restore voter confidence and eliminate fraud without overly burdening voters, most of whom have driver's licenses or photo IDs anyway.
"I want everyone to be able to vote - once," said Indiana state Sen. Victor Heinold, a Republican.
I am all for this. I am sick to death of the braying of the donkey party. This will not deprive the poor or the elderly or minorities of the right to vote. All they have to do is get a free picture ID. They should have one already. If they do not, they don't need to vote. I am sick of the belly aching of the democrats on this and many issues. They do not care about the rights of the poor or the elderly or minorites. They are worried that this will make it more difficult to cheat at the polls.