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Voter ID bills move closer to verdict in Oklahoma Legislature

BY BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World Modified: March 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm •  Published: March 7, 2009
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Two controversial measures calling for voters to produce identification at the polls are expected to be heard in the state Legislature next week.

Rep. Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa, has filed House Bill 1037, which would require a photo ID issued by the state, federal government, a county, a municipality or a federally recognized tribe to be shown when voting.

Those unable to produce photo identification could sign a statement attesting to who they are and would be allowed to vote.

The measure would take effect Nov. 1.

Sen. John Ford, R-Bartlesville, also has filed a photo ID bill, but his Senate Bill 4 also would allow for the use of a voter identification card issued by a county election board.

Ford said if the voter ID card is lost, the voter could have another one mailed. Ford’s measure also would allow those who can’t produce an approved document to file a statement attesting to their identity.

His measure would take effect June 1, 2010.

Thursday is the deadline for bills to get out of their house of origin.

The League of Women Voters opposes both voter ID measures. Gloria Caldwell, vice president of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa, said they are unnecessary and would be costly.

"When you initiate things that will be a barrier to citizens voting, we get up in arms,” Caldwell said.


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