Speakers at a legislative hearing criticized a bill backed by Secretary of State Matt Schultz that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places. Schultz has filed identical bills in the House and Senate, and Tuesday’s House hearing was the first time this session lawmakers have taken testimony on the proposal. Members of the Iowa League of Women Voters told lawmakers that a photo ID requirement would disenfranchise voters who don’t have required documents. They also say the rules could slow vote-counting.
Anthony Carroll of AARP said the law would have a disproportionate effect on older Iowans who are forced or choose to give up their drivers’ licenses and may not have a replacement photo ID.
“(Voting) is not a travel privilege, a driving privilege or a privilege and means to buy liquor,” Carroll said at Tuesday’s meeting.
Charlie Smithson, legal counsel to Schultz’ office, said the bill eliminates use of property tax statements and leases as proof of residence because these documents are too easy to produce fraudulently.
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