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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2704         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 622

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Shaunna O'Connell

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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 requiring photo ID when casting provisional ballots.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2704        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 622

By Mrs. O'Connell of Taunton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 622) of Shaunna O'Connell and others for legislation to require valid identification  when casting provisional ballots.  Election Laws. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to requiring photo ID when casting provisional ballots.
 

              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 75 of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended, by adding at the end thereof the following language:-

              Any election officer who in any way fails to follow the procedures and guidelines enumerated by this chapter or the election day procedures and regulations provided by the Secretary of State shall be subject to a written citation for the first recorded offense, and shall be relieved of duties for any subsequent offense.

              SECTION 2.  Subsection (c) of section 76C of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the words, “requested to present identification  when completing a provisional ballot.  Failure to present identification shall not prevent the voter from completing a provisional ballot.” and inserting in place thereof the following—required to present valid, photo identification when completing a provisional ballot.  Failure to present identification either immediately or under the provisions of Section 4, subsection 1 shall cause such provisional ballot to be discarded.

              SECTION 3.  Section 76C of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is herby amended by adding the following language at the end of subsection (c):

              “Valid photo identification” shall mean a document that:

              (1)   shows the name of the individual to whom the document was issued, and the name conforms to the name of the individual’s voter registration record;

              (2)   shows a photograph of the individual to whom the document was issued;

              (3)   includes an expiration date, and the document is not expired or expired after the date of the most recent general election; and

              (4)   was issued by the commonwealth of Massachusetts or the government of the United States.

              (5)  includes the individual’s current address within the district for which they are voting.

              (2) (a) A person seeking to vote that does not provide sufficient valid photo identification as defined in subsection (a) of this section may be challenged under section 85 of this chapter.

              SECTION 4.  Section 76C of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended, by adding after subsection (k) the following new subsection:--

              (l) A voter who fails to provide valid photo identification as defined under section 76C and casts a provisional ballot shall be required to provide such identification in person to the city or town clerk, or elections board or commission, of the municipality in which they reside, within 8 business days from the date of the election in which the provisional ballot was cast. A voter who fails to provide such identification in the time specified shall forfeit that vote, and that provisional ballot shall be discarded.

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