Voting Rights Legislation

HB 159 – Voter Photo ID Bill (2011-2012)

Link to Bill:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_159
Status:
Failed
Summary:

HB 159 drastically reduces the acceptable forms of voter ID to allow only four forms of identification for voting: an Ohio driver’s license, an Ohio state ID card, a U.S. military ID, or U.S. passport.

Primary Sponsors:
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Committee:
State Government and Elections (H)
LSC Legislation Status:
http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou129.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0159?OpenDocument
Jurisdiction/Legislation Level:
State
Our take on this bill:

Under current Ohio law, voters are permitted to use a variety of documents to identify themselves for the purpose of voting, including bank statements, paychecks, current utility bills, and government documents. Under HB 159, none of these forms of ID would be acceptable, further increasing the difficulty of many Ohioans to cast their ballots on Election Day. The ACLU of Ohio advocates for wide participation at the polls and sees this bill as additional, unnecessary barrier to the ballot box.

Bill Status:

 

HB 159 drastically reduces the acceptable forms of voter ID to allow only four forms of identification for voting: an Ohio driver’s license, an Ohio state ID card, a U.S. military ID, or U.S. passport.