COLUMBUS (AP) — Several Republican state lawmakers want to force the Ohio House to vote on a bill requiring voters in the swing state to show photo identification at the polls.
The bill was introduced almost a year ago and has yet to have a hearing. It would require Ohioans to show a driver’s license, state ID card or other form of photo ID in order to cast their ballots.
Supporters of the bill said Tuesday they are circulating a petition to pull the proposal from committee and bring it to a vote by the House. They said the ID requirements help safeguard Ohio’s vote, though fraud cases are rare.
Voter rights groups say supporters of the proposal are going after a problem that doesn’t exist.