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Van Hollen Testifies in Favor of Bill to Require Photographic Identification to Vote


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen testified today at the Senate's Committee on Transportation and Elections in favor of legislation that will require photographic identification of citizens who register to and vote.


“A photographic identification requirement will allow open access to the polls while ensuring that those lawful voters who have access to the polls will also have their votes count as they should, undiluted by fraud,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said today.


Attorney General Van Hollen has long favored photo-ID to curtail opportunities for fraud at the polls.


The Attorney General has worked successfully with District Attorney's of both political parties to address criminal voter fraud.


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” the Attorney General said. “I favor curtailing or eliminating avenues for fraud and criminal behavior over prosecuting offenders after victims have been created. Our democracy suffers when citizens question the validity of our elections. This bill is consistent with these goals,” he concluded.


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