"Well, if they're saying there are no real cases of voter fraud, then show me that there are no real cases of disenfranchisement of voters then," Householder said recently.
"If you're opposed to using your driver's license, then what better way than to require your photo ID on your voter ID card? It's just another tool, another protection for the poll worker to say, 'That's that person voting,' " he said.
There are no details of the financial impact of such a measure included with the bill. Householder said he doesn't see it as a "real big cost issue." If someone needs photo ID to buy alcohol, or a police officer asks to see photo identification, it should be a tool to prevent voter impersonation, Householder argued.
Last week, the left-leaning West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy issued a report stating it could cost more than $5 million over five years to implement a law requiring photo identification to vote.
The report estimates 11 percent of eligible voters lack a photo ID, and it costs the state Division of Motor Vehicles $7.60 to produce one photo ID. If the state is required to provide those identifications free of charge, that translates to more than $1.2 million, according to the report.
There are no recorded problems with voter impersonation, Tennant said during her press event this week. Any photo ID requirement would not have stopped the Lincoln County absentee voter fraud scheme either, she said.
Just because a bill is languishing in a committee doesn't mean it can't suddenly fall on the fast track, Tennant said.
"Understanding the rules of the House and the rules of the Senate are a part of the game," Tennant said. "And so just because something is not introduced in the committee doesn't mean there might not be an attempt to have it introduced otherwise, and so with that, I want to make sure there is education."
In both the House and Senate, a majority vote of members present is required to remove a bill from committee and bring it before the full body. The bill must have been before the committee for five legislative days on the House side before delegates can vote to bring it to the full chamber, House Clerk Gregory Gray said.
That rule doesn't apply after the 50th day of the session, though, he said.
The move is rare but has been used. Most recently, House Republicans tried the move relating to the sales tax on groceries in 2011. It failed 50-26, but the GOP has picked up 11 seats since that vote.