Voter ID bill dies in House committee

03/12/2018 06:02 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would have required all Kentucky voters to present a government issued photo ID in order to vote failed to pass a House committee on Monday.

House Bill 215, sponsored by Rep. James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, would have required a voter to have a picture identification card issued by a governmental or educational entity to be presented to election officers if identity is not confirmed by personal acquaintance, in order to vote.

Tipton said that the reasons for the bill include election fraud, as well as other issues in identifying voters and making sure that they are who they say they are.

“What this bill will do, basically it identifies the institutions that we would accept identifications from, and limit that to a local, state, or federal government entity, or a private or public high school or college,” Tipton said.

Kate Miller of ACLU Kentucky voiced opposition to the legislation saying that there is not a huge problem of voter fraud in the state, and it would create challenges for voters who are sick, elderly, disabled and people of color.

“Even though most people own a government issued ID, the reality is that millions of Americans do not, and a disproportionate of these Americans are low income, racial and ethnic minorities, or are elderly,” Miller said.


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