A week after approving two election reform bills, a state House panel is set to vote Wednesday on another piece of legislation that would tighten rules for casting a provisional ballot in Ohio. Under Senate Bill 216, voters would be required to provide their address and date of birth when casting an absentee ballot. The measure would also reduce the amount of time provisional voters would have to produce valid identification from 10 days after Election Day to seven. Thirdly, the bill would codify federal court rulings from the 2012 campaign season that required elections officials to count ballots from voters who voted in the right polling place but the wrong precinct without being told of their mistake.
State Sen. Bill Seitz, the Cincinnati Republican sponsoring the bill, says the changes will reduce the number of reasons that Ohioans are forced to cast a provisional ballot and make it easier for elections officials to count votes.
Some Democrats, however, have said the legislation sets up additional barriers to voting.