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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1147         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 316


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Richard J. Ross


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act requiring photo identification to receive a ballot.






Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Richard Bastien

2nd Worcester

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Michael R. Knapik


Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Bruce E. Tarr


Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1147        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 316

By Mr. Ross, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 316) of Richard J. Ross, George T. Ross, Richard Bastien, James J. Dwyer and other members of the General Court for legislation to require photo identification to recieve a ballot.  Election Laws. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 335 OF 2009-2010.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act requiring photo identification to receive a ballot.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Section 76 of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as so appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the section in its entirety and inserting the following words:- Section 76. Each voter desiring to vote at a polling place shall provide a name, residential address, and valid photo identification to one of the officers at the entrance to the space within the guard rail, who shall thereupon distinctly announce the same. If such name is found on the voting list, the election officer shall check and repeat the name and shall admit the voter to the space enclosed by the guard rail and, in case of official ballots, other than those marked "Challenged Ballots" as provided by section  thirty-five A, are used, such voter shall be given one ballot. The use of electronic means such as tape recording equipment or radio broadcasting equipments for the recording or broadcasting of the names of the voters not yet checked as having voted shall be prohibited.

              SECTION 2. Section 76B of chapter 54, as so appearing is hereby amended by striking out after the words,

              "suitable written identification", the following:- when so requested by

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