House Sends Voter ID Bill to Governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Brad Henry's desk is the next stop for a bill that will require voters to provide some form of identification at the polls.

Without debate, the Oklahoma House Wednesday gave final passage to the measure in a bipartisan 71-27 vote. It was previously approved by the Senate.

The measure requires voters to present a photo ID issued by the government or an American Indian tribe, including driver's licenses. But it also allows county-issued voter identification cards to be used.

The bill's author, Rep. Sue Tibbs of Tulsa, says it will preserve the integrity of the election system and prevent fraud.

The bill also expands early voting in general elections by adding Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays to the existing three-day early voting period.

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