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Committee Reviews Voter ID Measure

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Republicans pushing to require voters to provide identification at Massachusetts polling places are defending the move as a way to make sure all votes count.

Opponents say requiring identification would discourage low-income and minority voters from going to the polls.

But state Rep. Steven Levy, R-Marlborough, says that's not the intent.

"Let’s walk out on the street and find one person who can’t show some form of ID," he said. "It’s not going to happen. So the argument this is going to disenfranchise anybody is a false argument."

Levy says an identification requirement would protect votes by reducing mistakes.

Gov. Deval Patrick says there's no way he could sign the bill, which was reviewed Wednesday by the Legislature's Committee on Election Laws.

This program aired on September 21, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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