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House Bill 1439

House Bill 1439

ARCHIVE (2005)

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DIGEST OF HB 1439 (Updated February 28, 2005 6:12 pm - DI 75)

Voter identification. Requires a precinct election officer to ask a voter to provide proof of identification before the voter is permitted to vote. Provides that a proof of identification is a document issued by the United States or the state of Indiana that shows the name of the individual to whom the document was issued and a photograph of that individual. Permits the use of an expired document as proof of identification if the document expired after the date of the most recent general election. Specifies that a voter who is unable or declines to produce proof of identification at the polls receives a provisional ballot if the voter signs the affidavit required for a provisional ballot. Requires the county election board to count the provisional ballot if : (1) the voter appears before the board after leaving the polls and before noon on the Monday following the election, and: (A) produces proof of identification; or (B) executes an affidavit stating that the voter cannot obtain proof of identification, because the voter: (i) is indigent; or (ii) has a religious objection to being photographed; and (2) the voter has not been challenged or required to vote a provisional ballot for any other reason. Specifies that a voter casting an absentee ballot is not required to provide proof of identification. Requires a voter who registered by mail and is voting for the first time in a county election to continue to provide the documentation required by federal law as well producing proof of identification. Requires the secretary of state to mail notice to certain voters before each primary and general election describing the requirements of Indiana law for a voter to show proof of identification at the polls. Provides that the bureau of motor vehicles may not impose a fee for issuance of an identification card.. Voids the bureau of motor vehicle's administrative rule that sets fees for an identification card.
Current Status:
Passed 2nd reading - first House
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