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September 19, 2005

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Leading Democrats opposed a recommendation by a private commission to require all Americans to show a photo identification card before being allowed to vote. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said the proposal by a commission headed by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James A. Baker III could disenfranchise many voters, particularly minorities, the elderly and the poor.