Iowa House approves voter ID bill following 12 hours of debate
Iowa would become one of 34 states that have enacted laws requesting or requiring some form of identification on Election Day under a bill approved by the Iowa House Thursday.
House File 516 was approved on a party-line vote after nearly 12 hours of debate that spanned two days. It now advances to the Senate where a Republican majority also is expected to advance the legislation.
Secretary of State Paul Pate, who submitted the bill, immediately praised its passage.
"This comprehensive and innovative approach will eliminate the potential for human error and fraud, and secure Iowa’s elections moving forward," he said in a statement. "It should be easy to vote, but hard to cheat. This bill accomplishes both of those goals."