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Several GOP lawmakers in Ohio intensify push to force vote on bill to require voter photo ID

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — As time in the session runs short, a group of Republican state lawmakers is continuing its push to force a House vote on a bill requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Backers circulating what's called a discharge petition got help this week from the Ohio Christian Alliance. The petition would pull the bill from a committee and send it directly to the House floor. The legislation was introduced a year ago and hasn't been heard.

It's unclear whether the effort can be successful. The petition was announced in September.

Supporters say photo ID requirements will help safeguard Ohio's vote, despite the rarity of fraud cases.

Voter-rights groups say the legislation targets a non-existent problem and presents a burden to certain voter groups, including the poor and homeless.

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