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States that enact photo ID laws can expect to incur new expenses, including the costs of providing free voter ID cards and educating voters.
Photo ID is on the agenda again this session in many states. Bills requiring voters to show photographic identification at the polls have been introduced in at least 14 state legislatures, and lawmakers plan to introduce them in at least three more. Proponents argue that these requirements preserve the integrity of elections, while opponents say they may discourage eligible voters from casting ballots.
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