COLUMBUS: A state House panel is considering a bill that would require Ohio voters to show a photo ID before they can a ballot.
Republican Rep. Louis Blessing of Cincinnati tells the Dayton Daily News the legislation would keep people from trying to vote more than once. Blessing is a sponsor of the bill, which will be before the House State Government and Elections Committee on Tuesday.
Photo identification would be needed when voting at a polling place on Election Day or casting an absentee ballot in person.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio complains the bill creates an unnecessary hurdle for Ohioans who want to vote but don't have access to a photo ID.
Blessing says under the measure, a four-year photo ID card could be purchased for $8.50.
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