It's officially snowing.
Voter ID finally passed the House today. After a five-hour debate (literally, we were in the House chamber from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), the final vote passed 77-44.
What began as a problematic bill including same-day voter registration, weak voter ID and multi-site early voting came out as a mandatory voter ID, voter registration deadlines moved up to 3 days before the election and an age exemption for those born before August 1, 1944.
Here's a recap of how it went down:
Called up the bill
Motion to previous question – would have cut off debate so amendments could not be offered; failed 58-62
Amendment 1 – passed
Motion to previous question – would have cut off debate so amendments could not be offered; failed 55-65
Amendment 2 – struck all House committee language and inserted comprehensive voter ID language
Amendment 1 to Amendment 2 – would have reinstated motor voter, but made the
bill a 3/5 vote; failed; 55-65
Amendment 2 to Amendment 2 – would take out photo ID; failed 50-70
Amendment 3 to Amendment 2 – would provide age exemption for those born
before August 1, 1944; passed 63-57
Amendment 2 passed 62-58
Amendment 3 – would have prohibited candidates from using campaign money for personal use; ruled not germaine
Amendment 4 – would restore suffrage rights in circuit court to nonviolent offenders; passed 72-48
Amendment 5 – would let people register three days before an election 65-55
Final Passage – passed 77-44