October 29, 2006
Voter ID check at polls will be key change
By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service
WASHINGTON - When Ohio voters go to the polls Nov. 7, the major
change they may face is a requirement to provide valid
A state law that took effect in August requires registered
voters to present an accepted form of ID, such as a driver's
license with a current address, before being allowed to vote.
Voters who cannot provide accepted ID may cast a provisional
ballot, which will not be counted unless they provide
identification within 10 days after the election.
With little more than a week to go before Election Day, it is
also possible that a federal judge will suspend the ID
Under the law, accepted identification includes military ID
showing the voter's name and current address or a copy of a
current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck
or other government document showing the name and current
address of the voter, according to Ohio Secretary of State J.
Kenneth Blackwell's office.
In a directive issued Thursday, Blackwell said documents such as
bills, bank statements and paychecks presented as ID must have
been issued within the last six months.
However, notices mailed to the voter by the Board of Elections
are not accepted as valid ID.
Voters who present driver's licenses or state ID without the
current address can still cast a regular ballot if they provide
the last four digits of their driver's license or state ID
Officials said the driver's license number that is required is
the one following "License No." on the license, not another
number located on the driver's photograph.
Voters who do not have a document with their current address or
a driver's license or state ID number can cast a provisional
ballot if they provide the last four digits of their Social
Others who are unable to provide such information also can cast
In some cases, voters who cast provisional ballots must present
proof of their eligibility to vote within 10 days after the
election in order for their ballot to be counted