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Iowa Senate Republicans consider voter ID bill

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© "Their vote being counted, and making sure that everyone who is voting is legal, is part of their motivation to go. Everybody just wants to make sure we have a fair and open environment," said Dix. © "Their vote being counted, and making sure that everyone who is voting is legal, is part of their motivation to go. Everybody just wants to make sure we have a fair and open environment," said Dix.
DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -

Iowa Senate Republicans will introduce legislation requiring you to show a photo ID to vote. Supporters say the law would protect the integrity of the voting system.

Existing Iowa law doesn't require voters to show photo identification, and Democrats say Iowa has little history of voter fraud.

Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Bill Dix of Shell Rock, Iowa say the risk remains.  He says an ID requirement may even boost voter turnout.

"Their vote being counted, and making sure that everyone who is voting is legal, is part of their motivation to go. Everybody just wants to make sure we have a fair and open environment," said Dix.

The bill is modeled after similar legislation introduced by Secretary of State Matt Schultz.

Democrats have opposed Schultz's proposal. They argue Republicans are motivated by a desire to discourage voting by groups who typically favor Democrats, such as immigrants, low-income people and the elderly.

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