House votes to require voters to show ID

TOPEKA — The House has approved a bill to require voters to provide photo identification when they vote in person or by mail.

The bill would also require that new voters provide proof of citizenship.

Opponents, primarily Democrats, hammered the bill, saying it’s designed to depress turnout and disenfranchise voters for political gains.

Republicans supporting the bill have argued that it would not disenfranchise anyone because most people have the needed IDs or could get them without too much trouble. Lower-income voters would be eligible for free IDs.

The vote on the bill was 78-36.