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Bill filed to require photo ID for voting at the polls in Wyoming

Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — House District 57 Representative Chuck Gray has filed a bill which would require photo identification in order to vote at ballot locations during elections in Wyoming.

The catch title for House Bill 167 is “voter fraud protection.” While it would require voters to show photo identification at the polls, people voting by mail wouldn’t need to do so unless they are registering to vote for the first time in Wyoming.

“Identification is required for so many simple things in life,” Gray said in a Thursday press release.  “And yet for voting in elections, which are so important to our republic’s future, an identification is not required.  This bill fixes the issue by creating a voter ID requirement.”  

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Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union oppose such legislation for a variety of reasons. Since many Americans don’t have a government issued photo ID, laws which require photo identification at the polls may disenfranchise such voters.

Other sponsors of the bill include Representatives Edwards, Jennings, Salazar, Styvar, Tass and Washut and Senators Biteman, Boner, James, Moniz and Steinmetz.

During a budget session, at least two-thirds of the House must vote to have a proposed bill introduced. Those bills which meet this threshold are then assigned to a committee.

Committees which have been assigned bills after approval on an introductory vote in the House will vote to “pass,” “do not pass” or “pass with amendments.”

Bills which make it out of committee then return to the full House for consideration. The House then must approve a bill on three readings before it is sent to the Senate.

If the Senate passes the bill with no amendments, the bill is sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. If they tack on amendments, then the bill is assigned to the Joint Conference Committee to reconcile differences.

If that committee can reach a consensus, the bill is sent to the governor who can sign or veto the bill. The House and Senate are able to override a veto with a two-thirds majority vote.

Concerned about this or other legislation? An online hotline system allows Wyomingites to have messages delivered to legislators on issues they are concerned with.