Wyoming House defeats voter photo ID bill

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming House of Representatives has defeated a proposed measure to require voters to present photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot.

House Bill 192 failed on a 30-29 vote Wednesday.

Under the bill proposed by Casper Republican Chuck Gray, voters would be required to show a "current, valid photo identification before voting."

Proponents argued that the measure would help ensure the integrity of elections in the state by preventing voter fraud, while opponents said there isn't a problem with voter fraud in Wyoming.

Separately, the chamber passed on a 41-18 vote a bill that would no longer allow members of a major political party to switch their party affiliation on the day of a primary election. Unaffiliated voters could still make the switch on primary election day.


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