Summary of the Perfected Version of the Bill


COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN:  Committee on Elections

This bill changes the laws regarding elections by requiring a
voter to provide photo identification.  In its main provisions,
the bill:

(1)  Specifies that a person seeking to vote in a public election
must establish his or her qualifications as a United States
citizen lawfully residing in this state by presenting a form of
personal identification containing his or her photograph to
election officials.  All costs incurred by an election authority
to implement the photo identification requirement must be
reimbursed by the state.  If there is no appropriation and
distribution of funds, the election authority must not enforce
the photo identification requirement;

(2)  Allows an individual to vote by casting a provisional ballot
after signing an affidavit if he or she does not possess a
required form of personal identification because of the inability
to pay for a birth certificate or other documentation necessary
to obtain the identification;

(3)  Requires the state and all fee offices to provide at no cost
at least one form of personal identification required to vote to
a qualified individual who does not already possess the required
identification and desires the identification in order to vote;

(4)  Allows an individual to vote using a provisional ballot if
he or she lacks photographic identification and then return to
the election authority within three days after the election with
a valid form of identification so that the provisional ballot may
be counted; and

(5)  Repeals the provision requiring a disabled or elderly person
to be able to obtain a nondriver's license photo identification
through a mobile processing system operated by the Department of

All provisions of the bill are nonseverable.  If any portion of
the bill is held invalid for any reason, the entire bill will be
invalidated.  The bill will become effective only upon voter
approval of a constitutional amendment that authorizes the
General Assembly to require the photo identification by law.

FISCAL NOTE:  Estimated Net Effect on General Revenue Fund of an
income of $0 or Unknown or a cost of Unknown greater than
$7,027,921 in FY 2013, an income of $0 or Unknown to a cost of
Unknown greater than $3,649,437 in FY 2014, and an income of $0
or Unknown to a cost of Unknown greater than $6,267,554 in FY
2015.  Estimated Net Income on Other State Funds of $0 or Unknown
in FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015.

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