An Act To Require the Provision of Photographic Identification by Voters
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §671, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2005, c. 453, §55, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §671, sub-§1-A is enacted to read:
This subsection is repealed November 9, 2018.
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §671-A is enacted to read:
§ 671-A. Provisional voting
A person who has not provided photographic identification as required by section 671, subsection 1 and has not had the person's identity verified by affidavit as provided in section 671, subsection 1-A must be permitted to cast a provisional ballot as follows.
Sec. 4. 29-A MRSA §1410, sub-§12 is enacted to read:
This bill requires that a voter provide proof of identity with photographic identification for the purpose of voting. The bill specifies the types of photographic identification that may be used to verify the identity of a voter. It provides that a person who does not present photographic identification may cast a provisional ballot and establishes the process for provisional voting. Under this process, if the person can verify the person's identity to the municipal clerk, deputy clerk or warden or an election clerk within 3 business days after the election by presenting acceptable photographic identification, the ballot will be cast as a regular ballot. Through the general election of 2018, a person who does not present acceptable photographic identification but is known to a municipal clerk, registrar or election official at the voting place may cast a regular ballot upon submission of an affidavit by the municipal clerk, registrar or election official attesting to the person's identity. The bill requires that provisional ballots must be retained in tamper-proof containers separately from provisional ballot affidavits and the provisional ballot log and that rejected provisional ballots, provisional ballot logs and provisional ballot affidavits must be retained in the same manner as regular ballots and election materials. Finally, the bill requires the Secretary of State to provide, without a fee, nondriver identification cards to eligible persons who do not have another form of acceptable photographic identification to verify identity for the purpose of voting.