Alaska legislator says he’ll push voter ID law

A Republican state lawmaker says he’ll try again to pass a measure requiring Alaskans to show photo identification to vote.

Rep. Bob Lynn of Anchorage, chairman of the State Affairs Committee, tells the Anchorage Daily News the measure will be one of the first bills he’ll hear.

Voter identification laws were a partisan flashpoint in the 2012 election. Proponents say they protect the integrity of the voting process, but critics say they disenfranchise poor, elderly, young and minority voters who are less likely to have a photo ID.

Lynn introduced similar legislation in 2011 but it never got a hearing. He says he had other priorities.

After the 2012 elections, Republicans will have a ruling majority in both the House and Senate.