Maine LD 197: An Act To Strengthen Maine’s Election Laws by Requiring Photographic Identification for the Purpose of Voting

LD 197 (subjects: ELECTIONS , VOTING PROCEDURES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=197&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Ronald Collins of York: (R – District 34) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
1/29/2015 Senate Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
1/29/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/14/2015 Senate Reports READ On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
Unfinished Business
4/16/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
4/21/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
4/23/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
4/28/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
4/29/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec the Minority Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-27) Report ACCEPTED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 43 18 Yeas – 17 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (S-27) READ and ADOPTED Assigned for Second Reading next Legislative Day
4/30/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME
On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-27)
Roll Call Ordered
4/30/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President ProTem
Subsequently, PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-27)
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 46 18 Yeas – 17 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
5/5/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth, the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 51
(Yeas 82 – Nays 66 – Absent 3 – Excused 0)
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/6/2015 Senate On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec The Senate ADHERED To ACCEPTANCE of Minority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report and PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-27) thereto , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
5/7/2015 House The House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Strengthen Maine’s Election Laws by Requiring Photographic Identification for the Purpose of Voting

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA 671, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2005, c. 453, 55, is further amended to read:

1. Name announced; proof of identity. A voter who wishes to vote must state the voter’s name and present proof of identity in the form of a photographic identification document and, upon request, state the voter’s residence address to an election clerk , who shall announce the name in a loud, clear voice. Photographic identification required by this subsection must be an official identification document or card issued by a state, the Federal Government or a college or university located in the State, or an electronic benefits transfer card under Title 22, chapter 1, subchapter 1-A that displays an identifying photograph, and must not be expired. Photographic identification required by this subsection must be used solely to verify the identity of the person who wishes to vote. If a person who wishes to vote does not present photographic identification, that person must be permitted to cast a provisional ballot as provided by section 671-A. Before November 9, 2016, the identity of a person who does not present photographic proof of identity but is known to an election worker at the voting place may be verified as provided in subsection 1-A.

Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA 671, sub- 1-A is enacted to read:

1-A. Voter known to election worker; verification of identity. A voter who does not provide photographic identification on election day as required by subsection 1 and is known to an election worker at the voting place may be issued a ballot after completion and signing of an affidavit by the election worker. The affidavit must be in a form prescribed by the Secretary of State and must be written to indicate that the election worker can personally attest to the identity of the voter. The election worker may issue the voter a ballot after the election worker who can attest to the identity of the voter has signed the affidavit. For the purposes of this subsection, “election worker” includes a municipal clerk, registrar and election official. This subsection is repealed November 9, 2016.

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.

1. How issued. In order to cast a provisional ballot under this section, a person must complete and sign a provisional ballot affidavit, swearing to or affirming that that person is the person that person claims to be on the incoming voting list. The provisional ballot affidavit must be on a form designed by the Secretary of State and must include, at a minimum, the person’s name, address, party affiliation, if any, and reason that the person was not able to provide photographic proof of identity.
2. Ballot and provisional envelope issued. As soon as the provisional ballot affidavit form under subsection 1 has been completed, the election clerk in charge of ballots shall give a provisional ballot and a provisional ballot envelope to the warden. The warden shall write a provisional ballot number on the affidavit form and the provisional ballot envelope and give the ballot and envelope to the voter. The warden also shall give the voter a notice about provisional voting, on a form designed by the Secretary of State, that includes the provisional ballot number assigned to the voter’s ballot. The form must clearly state that the person who wishes to vote has 3 business days to provide the warden or election clerk photographic proof of identity as prescribed in section 671, subsection 1 in order for the provisional ballot to be counted.
3. Proceed to vote. After a voter marks the provisional ballot under subsection 2, the voter shall seal it in the provisional ballot envelope and return it to the warden.
4. Provisional ballots segregated and logged. The warden shall place a provisional ballot envelope containing a provisional ballot completed under this section in a tamper-proof container until the identity of the person marking the ballot can be verified by photographic identification as required by section 671, subsection 1. The warden also shall complete a provisional ballot log, on a form provided by the Secretary of State, that indicates for each provisional ballot the name of the voter, the provisional ballot number and a notation of whether the provisional ballot was resolved and cast. The sealed tamper-proof containers of provisional ballots that are not resolved must be returned to the municipal clerk after the polls are closed, along with all provisional ballot affidavits and the provisional ballot log form.
5. Resolution and counting of provisional ballots. When a provisional ballot is cast under this section, the municipal clerk or registrar shall proceed as follows.

A. If the identity of a person casting a provisional ballot under this section is verified upon presentation of acceptable photographic identification by the close of the polls on election day, the clerk or registrar shall designate on the provisional ballot log under subsection 4 that the provisional ballot was accepted. The warden shall remove the provisional ballot from the sealed provisional ballot envelope and place it into the ballot box or tabulator to be counted with the other ballots after the polls close. The election clerk in charge of the incoming voting list shall annotate the incoming voting list to indicate that the voter voted.
B. If the identity of a person casting a provisional ballot under this section is verified upon presentation of acceptable photographic identification after the close of the polls on election day, but not later than the 3rd business day after the election, the clerk or registrar shall designate on the provisional ballot log under subsection 4 that the provisional ballot was accepted. The clerk or registrar, in the presence of one or more witnesses, shall remove the provisional ballot from the sealed provisional ballot envelope and place it into a ballot box in a manner that preserves the secrecy of the vote. After all accepted provisional ballots have been placed into the ballot box, the clerk or registrar shall remove and count the provisional ballots in the same manner as regular ballots. After the incoming voting list is unsealed following the election, the clerk or registrar shall annotate the list to add the names and addresses of the voters under this subsection, along with an indication that the voters voted.
C. If a person casting a provisional ballot under this section has not presented photographic identification acceptable to verify the person’s identity within 3 business days after the election, the clerk or registrar shall write “rejected” on the provisional ballot envelope and return the unopened envelope to the tamper-proof container. The clerk or registrar shall update the provisional ballot log under subsection 4 to indicate the ballot was rejected.

6. Report to Secretary of State. No later than 3 business days after an election, the clerk shall report the status of all provisional ballots of the municipality under this section to the Secretary of State by providing a copy of the provisional ballot log under subsection 4. In addition to annotating the provisional ballot log to indicate whether provisional ballots were accepted or rejected, the clerk shall update the municipality’s return of votes cast to include the votes cast by all provisional voters who presented acceptable photographic identification.
7. Secretary of State to make status available. Within 20 days after an election, the Secretary of State shall make available on the Secretary of State’s publicly accessible website the total number of provisional ballots under this section for that election, including the number of ballots that were counted and the number of ballots that were not counted. For a ballot that was not counted, the reason the ballot was not counted must be included.

Sec. 4. 29-A MRSA 1410, sub- 11 is enacted to read:

11. Identification cards for the purpose of voting. A person who submits an application for a nondriver identification card is not required to pay the fee required by subsection 2 if the person attests in the application that:

A. The person does not have photographic identification acceptable for the verification of the person’s identity for the purpose of voting as required by Title 21-A, section 671, subsection 1; and
B. The person is applying for a nondriver identification card solely for the purpose of voting.

summary

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 warden or an election clerk within 3 business days of the election by presenting acceptable photographic identification, the ballot will be cast as a regular ballot. Through the general election of 2016, 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. Finally, the bill requires the Secretary of State to provide, at no 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.

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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This information about LD 197 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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