Photo ID for voting advances in CO

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A long-debated requirement that voters show their photo IDs when they cast ballots is moving ahead in Colorado.

A day after similar photo ID requirements were blocked by legal challenges in Texas and Wisconsin, a Republican-controlled committee in the Colorado House voted Tuesday to send a voting ID bill to the full chamber.

Last year, a photo ID voter bill passed the Republican House but was defeated in the Democratic Senate. Republicans generally consider photo IDs a necessary safeguard against voting fraud. Democrats argue that voter impersonation is rare but that photo ID requirements could hurt people without IDs, especially the elderly and needy.