Ohio would require photo ID for voters, provide free state IDs under new legislation
Ohio Republicans have introduced a new bill that would produce stricter voter ID requirements but would also issue free state IDs to eligible voters aged 17 and up. Currently Ohio voters may use alternate forms of identification like utility bills or paychecks, but this bill would change that and require in-person voters to produce a photo ID. Those using mail-in ballots would be required to provide either the number of their driver’s license or a state ID, or a photocopy of one of the same, as well as the last four digits of their social security number. Voting rights advocates argue that the bill is unnecessary and will put undue burdens on low-income and minority voters.