COLUMBUS, Ohio — Legislation to require voters to show a photo ID at polling places, a divisive issue leading up to the 2012 election in Ohio and across the nation, appears ready to make a return appearance in the Ohio House.
Similar legislation moved through the House in 2011. It required voters show a photo identification at polling places to verify their identity. The acceptable forms of ID were driver’s licenses, state issue ID cards, passports and military identification cards.
In Ohio, as in other states where the issue was debated, supporters touted the laws to ensure voting integrity and thwart voter fraud. Opponents made equally passionate cries of voter suppression.
Ultimately, the photo ID requirement was removed from the bill that cleared the Senate. And that legislation was ultimately repealed last year to avoid a state referendum.
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