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Republican lawmakers in Ohio propose photo ID requirements for voters in battleground state

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Several Republican lawmakers in Ohio say they plan to introduce legislation to require voters in the swing state to show photo identification at the polls.

GOP Rep. Andy Brenner of Powell says the bill includes an exemption for residents who object to having their photo taken for religious reasons. He says the proposal also would provide free state ID cards to poor residents who meet a certain income threshold.

Supporters of the plan insist the photo ID requirements will help safeguard Ohio's vote, though vote fraud cases in the state are rare.

Voter rights groups say the proposal ignores other potential election law changes, such as creating online voter registration.

Brenner announced the bill as backers of voter photo ID requirements held a lobby day at the Statehouse in Columbus.

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