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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1846        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1104


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Stephen R. Canessa


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 relative to voter identification at election polls.






Stephen R. Canessa

12th Bristol

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

James E. Timilty


Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1846        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1104

By Mr. Canessa of New Bedford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1104) of Stephen R. Canessa and others relative to voter identification at polling places.  Election Laws. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 565 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to voter identification at election polls.


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

              Section 76 of Chapter 54 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:

              Each voter desiring to vote at a polling place shall give his name and his residence to one of the officers at the entrance to the space within the guard rail, the election officer shall check and repeat the name and address. The election officer will then request the voter to present one of the following forms of identification: a Massachusetts driver’s license, a Massachusetts photo identification card, or a United States passport.  The election officer then shall admit the voter to the space enclosed by the guard rail and, in case 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 equipment for the recording or broadcasting of the names of voters not yet checked as having voted shall be prohibited.

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