Voter ID bill gets final approval in Miss. House

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi House is sending Republican Gov. Phil Bryant the final version of a voter ID bill.

House Bill 921 passed 79-39 Thursday. It would require voters to show a driver’s license or other form of photo identification before casting a ballot.

The bill is intended to enact a state constitutional amendment that Mississippi voters adopted in last November’s general election.

However, before voter ID can become law, it must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department, which will check to ensure that the change does not dilute minority voting strength. Federal approval is required because of Mississippi’s history of racial discrimination.

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