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Top Democrats seem to be loosening their stance on their opposition to voter identification requirements. During an interview, South Carolina Representative and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D) said his party is open to the idea as long as it’s “equitable.” The change in tune comes after West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) proposed a compromise voting rights bill, which pushes for voter ID requirements. However, Manchin expands the definition of identification to include using documents like utility bills, not just government issued ID’s and drivers licenses. Democrats are now jumping to support the Manchin proposal while claiming they supported the measure all along. “We are always for voter ID, we are never for disproportionate voter ID,” Clyburn stated. “When you tell me that you got to have a photo ID and a photo for a student activity card is not good but for a hunting license it is good, that’s where the rub is.” However, Democrat lawmakers and activists were quick to criticize several GOP backed voter integrity bills that tout similar requirements as Manchin’s bill.

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