The state’s new voter ID law will not take full effect until next year, although poll workers will be asking for photo identification in the Senate recall elections going on across the state today. However, state Government Accountability Board attorney Michael Haas says voters are not required to show an ID in order to cast a ballot.
Haas says poll workers are asking voters to show an ID as part of a “warm up” period for the new law, but they will be able to vote without one.
Haas says voters without an ID should be given an informational sheet that tells them about the new law passed by the Legislature earlier this year, along with how they can obtain a photo identification card if they don’t have one.
One requirement that is already in effect is for voters to sign the poll book to obtain a ballot. That requirement was in effect for the recall primary elections in July. Haas says signing the poll book is not optional.
Recall elections are taking place today in six state Senate districts. There will be two more held next Tuesday.