New approach to voter verification could sidestep amendment fight

Leaders on both sides say they're open to Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's idea to use "electronic poll books," which election workers could use to verify voters at the polls without requiring photo IDs or constitutional amendments.
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Leaders on both sides say they're open to Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's idea to use "electronic poll books," which election workers could use to verify voters at the polls without requiring photo IDs or constitutional amendments.

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