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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 877         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 335


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

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Peter J. Durant

6th Worcester

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 877        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 335

By Mr. Ross, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 335) of Richard J. Ross, Bruce E. Tarr, Robert L. Hedlund, Michael R. Knapik and other members of the General Court for legislation to require photo identification to receive a ballot.  Election Laws. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



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 2010 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. Valid forms of photo identification are: a Massachusetts driver’s license, U.S. Passport, Student ID, or Massachusetts ID card. If a voter needs to obtain valid identification, a Massachusetts ID card will be issued at no cost by the Department of Transportation’s Registry of Motor Vehicles. 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 equipment 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, in line 2, the words “when so requested by”

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