Changing Who Can Vote

by Leah Kirstein on March 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

A State House Panel is considering a bill that would require you to show a photo I.D. before voting.

Right now, you just have to have proof of your current address and name to cast a ballot.

"As of right now the Ohio revised code 350518 let’s you have 7 different forms of identifications to let you go to the polls or to vote in person," said Chris Hamill from the Muskingum County  Board of Elections.

If the bill would become law it would only allow for a driver’s license, Ohio I.D. card, Military I.D. or passport to be used. American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio complains the bill creates an unnecessary hurdle for Ohioans.

"I actually feel it could speed the process up. I feel that in the beginning when something new is introduced where you would have to have a photo ID it takes a little time to work out the process but in the end it could speed the process up," said Hamill.

Representative Louis Blessing of Cincinnati says the legislation would keep people from trying to vote more than once.

An Ohio I.D. car costs $8.50.

The bill would not greatly change how absentee ballots are casted.