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Monday, September 19, 2005
  Dems fear free and fair elections
Rights Groups Challenge Photo ID Law: "'Requiring an ID to vote is common sense and has been instituted in other states,' he said. 'Under the old system, you could pluck a utility bill out of somebody's trash can and cast a vote.'

Nineteen states require voters to show identification, but only five request photo ID, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Those states _ Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and South Dakota _ allow voters without a photo ID to use other forms of ID or sign an affidavit of identity.

Carter, who chaired an election reform commission along with former Secretary of State James Baker, said in Washington Monday that requiring photo IDs was one of the most important and most difficult of his group's recommendations.

'We addressed this with a great deal of hesitancy,' he said, adding that a national approach would prevent states from enacting laws that are discriminatory."
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