A voter identification bill passed in an Iowa Senate subcommittee Wednesday. Senate Study Bill 1163, proposed by Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate was approved on a 2-1 vote which advanced the bill to the senate state government committee. This bill calls for establishing a voter identification system with signature verification, absentee ballot verification and post-election audits. Any registered voter that does not have a form of ID will be provided a voter ID card automatically in the mail. This bill is somewhat controversial because Democrats are refuting that this will suppress voters. This bill is being considered to prevent against voter fraud.