130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. B. No. 36  As Introduced
As Introduced

126th General Assembly
Regular Session
2005-2006
S. B. No. 36


Senators Spada, Jacobson, Armbruster, Schuler, Mumper 



A BILL
To amend section 3505.18 of the Revised Code to generally require all electors who appear in a polling place to vote to provide identification before being permitted to cast a ballot.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That section 3505.18 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 3505.18.  When (A)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (A)(2) of this section, when an elector appears in a polling place to vote he, the elector shall announce his to the precinct election officials the elector's full name and address to the precinct election officials and provide to them proof of the elector's identity in the form of a current valid driver's license or other current valid photo identification. He
(2) If the election for which the elector appears in a polling place to vote is a federal election, if the elector registered to vote by mail, and if the elector has not previously voted in an election for federal office in this state, the elector shall announce to the precinct election officials the elector's full name and address and provide to them proof of the elector's identity in the form of a current valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. If such an elector does not provide to the precinct election officials any of the forms of identification specified in this division, the elector may cast a provisional ballot in that federal election under 42 U.S.C. 15482.
(B) After the elector has announced the elector's full name and address and provided identification under division (A) of this section, the elector shall then write his the elector's name and address at the proper place in the poll lists or signature pollbooks provided therefor for the purpose, except that if, for any reason, an elector shall be is unable to write his the elector's name and address in the poll list or signature pollbook, the elector may make his the elector's mark at the place intended for his the elector's name, and a precinct election official shall write the name of the elector at the proper place on the poll list or signature pollbook following the elector's mark, upon the presentation of proper identification. The making of such a mark shall be attested by the precinct election official, who shall evidence the same by signing his the precinct election official's name on the poll list or signature pollbook as a witness to such the mark.
The elector's signature in the poll lists or signature pollbooks shall then shall be compared with his the elector's signature on his the elector's registration form or a digitized signature list as provided for in section 3503.13 of the Revised Code, and if, in the opinion of a majority of the precinct election officials, the signatures are the signatures of the same person, the clerks shall enter the date of the election on the registration form or shall record the date by such other means as may be prescribed by the secretary of state. If the right of the elector to vote is not then challenged, or, if being challenged, he the elector establishes his the elector's right to vote, he the elector shall be allowed to proceed into to use the voting machine. If voting machines are not being used in that precinct, the judge in charge of ballots shall then detach the next ballots to be issued to the elector from Stub B attached to each ballot, leaving Stub A attached to each ballot, hand the ballots to the elector, and call his the elector's name and the stub number on each of the ballots. The clerk shall enter the stub numbers opposite the signature of the elector in the pollbook. The elector shall then retire to one of the voting compartments to mark his the elector's ballots. No mark shall be made on any ballot which would in any way enable any person to identify the person who voted the ballot.
Section 2. That existing section 3505.18 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.
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