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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Taft Quickly Signs Election Law After Passage

HB3, legislation that extensively rewrites election law to require voter identification at the polls, toughen ballot issue requirements and align state regulations with the federal Help America Vote Act cleared the legislature Tuesday despite the objection of minority Democrats.

Governor Taft signed the bill mere hours after passage because of the required 90-day delay before the effective date, the closeness of the May 2 primary, and the mandates emanating from the Help America Vote Act.

The notice required to be sent to voters concerning identification requirements is:

ORC 3501.19(B)(3)

"Voters must bring identification to the polls in order to verify identity. Identification may include a current and valid photo identification, a military identification that shows the voter's name and current address, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document, other than this reminder or a voter registration notification, that shows the voter's name and current address. Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by providing the last four digits of the voter's social security number and by casting a provisional ballot. Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a social security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation swearing to the voter's identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot."

The ID requirements will not be in effect for the May primary, but will be in effect for any election taking place after August 1, 2006. The notices must go out 60 days prior to the election.



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