Election officers in states with newly approved voter ID laws are trying to make sure voters can meet the new requirements without much hassle, pushing back on complaints that the laws are tantamount to a "poll tax." Seven states this year have approved new laws requiring or urging voters to show photo ID before casting their ballots. Critics have assailed these measures as a partisan Republican scheme to skew elections by disenfranchising voters who might be inclined to vote for Democrats but lack the proper identification. But officials in those states say the criticism is unfair. All seven states are moving to offer residents at least one version of a photo ID card free of charge and the new laws generally allow voters without photo ID to fill out a provisional ballot under certain circumstances.
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