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March 18, 2013

W.Va. elections chief targets Voter ID legislation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's elections chief is enlisting allies to fight legislation that would require voters to show photo identification.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant unveiled the Voting Rights Protection Coalition on Monday at her Capitol office.

The group is targeting voter ID. Tennant and other coalition members warned that these proposals would lead to delays at the polls and prevent legitimate voters from casting their ballots.

The coalition includes the League of Women Voters, AARP, the AFL-CIO and several other labor groups.

Republicans have proposed voter ID in both the House and Senate. It would mandate a photo ID while helping voters who don't have such identification to obtain one. Supporters say such measures would prevent fraud.

But Tennant and other coalition members say sufficient safeguards are already in place.

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