The December issue looks at the work states face to deal with the health care needs of an aging population and new approaches to teacher evaluations.
The issue of voter ID dominated the work of election committees in many state legislatures throughout 2011 and 2012, and has continued to be high-profile in 2013. Legislation was introduced in a total of 30 states; this includes new voter ID proposals in 12 states, proposals to strengthen existing photo ID laws in seven states and other changes to existing photo ID laws in 11 states. Unless otherwise noted, all legislation listed below remains pending.
The following states presently do not have a voter ID law, but have legislation pending that would impose one.
The following states already have a voter ID law in place. Legislation pending this year would amend the law, in most cases making it a strict photo ID law.
In Alabama, SB 81 (failed) would allow a voter who does not have ID to sign an affidavit affirming his/her identity in lieu of presenting ID (Alabama's strict photo ID law is scheduled to take effect in 2014).
Under current law in Alaska, an election official may waive the voter ID requirement if she or he personally knows the voter. HB 3 (failed) would restrict that practice to situations in which the voter's name appears in the precinct registration list.
In Indiana, HB 1291 (failed) clarifies that a veteran's ID card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is sufficient proof of identity for voting purposes. Also in Indiana, SB 366 removes the exemption that currently allows voters who are residents of state-licensed care facilities to vote without showing ID and requires voters to return proof of identity with absentee ballots.
In Kansas, HB 2260 (adjourned; carried over to 2014 session) would allow a voter to sign an affidavit in lieu of ID.
In New Hampshire, HB 287 (failed), HB 595 (enacted) and SB 183 would repeal the state's voter ID law that was enacted in 2012. SB 182 (failed) would delay until 2014 the implementation of requirements that voters without ID have their photographs taken and attached to an affidavit at the polling place and that the secretary of state send an identity verification letter to any such person.
In New Mexico, HM 102 (failed) proposed a study of current voter ID requirements.
In Rhode Island, HB 5776 and SB 359 (both failed) would repeal the voter ID law. HB 5783 (withdrawn) would facilitate the process of training poll workers to implement the voter ID law.
In Tennessee, HB 229/SB 125 (enacted) would prohibit use of county or municipal IDs for voting purposes, and allow only state or U.S.-issued IDs. HB 252 (failed) would permit the use of student IDs for voting. HB 292/SB 1098 (failed) would allow the use of ID issued by the county election commission. SB 1082 (failed) would permit the use of student IDs.
In Texas, HB 465 (failed) would roll back the strict photo-only ID law passed in 2011 and return the state's requirements to something closer to the previous non-strict, non-photo ID requirement.
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