Provisional Ballot Bill (SB 216) passes the Ohio House

Provisional Ballot Bill (SB 216) passes the Ohio House

House YES_edited-1From the Cincinnati Enquirer: February 27, 2014, Legislature in Brief, page A12.

House passes provisional ballot bill along party lines

The Ohio House on Wednesday passed a bill setting forth when provisional ballots are counted in the political swing state and what it takes to cast one.

Provisional ballots include those cast when voters don’t bring proper ID to the polls or cast them in the wrong precinct.

The proposal passed on party lines, 58-36, would put into law a recent federal court ruling that requires provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct, but right polling location, to be counted.

Some polling places contain voting machines for several precincts.

The measure would also require voters accurately to fill in their date of birth and current address in order for the provisional ballot to be eligible to be counted.

Democrats say this could result in the disqualification of too many Ohio ballots. Republicans say it’s reasonable to expect a voter to fill out a form correctly and the rule won’t cause many ballots to be thrown out.

The Senate passed an earlier version of the bill. It’s now headed to the governor, who is expected to sign it.

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