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Voter ID takes another step in MS Legislature

JACKSON, MS (AP) - The Mississippi House and Senate have now approved different bills that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. It's unclear whether the two chambers will resolve their differences and send a final plan to the governor.

A bill that cleared the House 77-44 on Wednesday would exempt people 65 or older from the ID requirement. It was held for the possibility of more debate.

A Senate bill originally had an exemption for people born before 1946, but that exemption was removed last week.

Supporters say ID would help ensure the integrity of elections. Opponents say there's no proof that people are trying to pass themselves off as others to vote. 

The bills are House Bill 1533 and Senate Bill 2548.

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