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Georgia senators pass bill to require ID for absentee voting

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 13:21:18-05

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia senators are pushing through the first of what could be a raft of restrictive voting measures. Republican lawmakers say the bills will safeguard voting.

But Democrats decry the measures as based on a lie and aimed at overturning Democrats' recent electoral success in Georgia.

Senate Bill 67, which passed 35-18 on Tuesday, would require a voter share their driver's license or other identification number when applying for a ballot. The person could also send a photocopy of the identification.

The numbers would replace signature verification, which was attacked by former President Donald Trump and others following Trump’s November loss in Georgia.