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Conservatives push for stalled Ohio photo voter I.D. bill
A group of conservative Ohio lawmakers says it's time for action
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Jo Ingles
Chris Long with the Ohio Christian Alliance
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A group of conservative Ohio lawmakers says it’s time the Legislature votes on a bill that would require voters to show a valid photo I.D.  They have the backing of the Ohio Christian Alliance,

The Alliance’s Chris Long says the measure is needed even though Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says there were hardly any voter fraud cases in the last presidential election.

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 “The reality is that even if there are a couple of hundred cases that we document, that undoubtably means there are many, many more where the deceivers have been successful and have been able to vote without getting caught."

The bill has been stalled in a legislative committee. Backers say if they are not successful there, they will collect signatures to try to put the issue before voters next fall.

Voting rights advocates who oppose the I.D. requirement are also expected to put a voters bill of rights on the ballot.

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