Statehouse News
5:00 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Quinnipiac Poll on Voter Photo ID Requirement

A new poll shows voters think it's ok to require Ohioans to show a photo ID when casting ballots.

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, 93 percent of republicans, 77 percent of independents and 66 percent of Democrats said they'd support a law that requires voters to show photo id to vote. However, some lawmakers, including Ohio's Secretary of State Jon Husted, who support the bill don't like the way it was written and question its constitutionality.

Other lawmakers are taking issue with the way the question was phrased in the poll, saying it didn't give survey respondents enough information about Ohio's proposed bill. Pollster Peter Brown says he had a reason for not including that information in the question.

"The idea is to make this as tight and concise a question .remember guys .you've got to do this over the telephone and the longer the question is the fewer people who stay on," says Brown.

Ohio Senate Spokesman John McClelland says the photo id bill now under consideration by the Ohio legislature won't pass in time for this November's election. This fall, voters can still use utility bills and other non photo forms of identification when casting ballots.