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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

"When you initiate things that will be a barrier to citizens voting, we get up in arms,” Caldwell said. "The requirement of photo identification adversely impacts the elderly, low-income and minorities.”

Voter ID is "a national initiative proposed by Republicans all over the United States,” she said.

The league is nonpartisan, she said.

But Tibbs and Ford said voter identification is needed to ensure the integrity of the system.

"The League of Women Voters is scaring little old people,” Tibbs said.

She said if voters do not have photo identification, they would still be able to vote. The measure does not discriminate because of the use of provisional ballots, Tibbs said.

"It is just a protection,” Tibbs said.

Ford said his measure will not cost the state.

"I think the integrity in the current system is good and I want to maintain that integrity,” he said.


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