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Branstad says voter ID requirement a good idea


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Gov. Terry Branstad says he favors a plan to require people to show identification before they can vote.

Asked Monday about the proposal by Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Branstad gave his support for the idea. Branstad says it would help protect the integrity of the voting process.

Opponents argue that voting fraud is extremely rare in Iowa and across the country. They say Republicans back such a move because they want to reduce participation by poor and minority voters, who are more likely to not have identification and tend to back Democrats.

Both Branstad and Schultz are Republicans.

The House approved a similar measure last year, but the Senate never debated it.

Schultz says his measure would give people alternatives if they don't have identification.

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