Husted defends Ohio provisional ballot ID requirement

6:24 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's elections chief is defending an order that places the responsibility of explaining what kind of identification voters use on provisional ballots on the voters themselves.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Monday that voters are more likely than poll workers they don't know to get the information right.

Voter advocates are criticizing an order issued by Husted last week that requires voters to check a box explaining what ID they can offer if they weren't able to provide the last four digits of their Social Security number or their Ohio driver's license number.

Alternative ID could include a military ID or a utility bill.

Voter advocates say putting the requirement on voters increases the likelihood that ballots could be wrongly rejected.

ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer

Associated Press

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