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Panel eyes measure to allow gun IDs in elections

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Posted at 1:33 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 15:33:51-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho committee introduced legislation Monday that would add concealed weapons permits to a list of approved IDs needed to vote in elections.

Currently, Idaho voters must provide one of four different types of identification to vote. Idahoans also have the option to sign an affidavit at the polls in lieu of presenting identification.

Republican Rep. Don Cheatham says the Idaho Secretary of State's office supports the measure. He added the permit is a photo ID that also contains a person's name, address, and date of birth.

Meanwhile, in the Senate State Affairs Committee, legislators backed a separate measure Monday that would no longer require people to have a permit to carry concealed weapons permits within city limits.

The legislation must now pass a legislative hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.