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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

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For Immediate Release: February 16, 2009

Sen. John Ford
Senator John Ford

Full Senate Next Stop for Voter ID Bill

The Senate Rules Committee has approved a pro-active bill designed to strengthen the integrity of Oklahoma's elections. Senate Bill 4, by Sen. John Ford would require anyone voting in person to show proof of identity.

Ford said voters could use a photo ID issued by the United States, the State of Oklahoma or a federally recognized Indian Tribe or Nation. Voters without a government issued photo ID could simply show their county issued Voter ID card.

"I believe that we have a right and a responsibility as citizens to vote, but as a state, we have a responsibility to make sure that every vote that's cast is a legitimate, valid vote," Ford said. "That's all this bill does."

Ford, who represents Nowata, Craig and Washington Counties, said providing identification is a part of every day life, and is required for writing checks, boarding a plane, as well as many other routine transactions.

"I truly believe that this enhances the quality of our election process. In no way will it disenfranchise any group--it doesn't keep anyone from voting, and it is not a poll tax because there is no expense to the voter. It simply gives greater protection to our system against the possibility of fraud."

For more information contact:
Sen. Ford's Office: 405-521-5634

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