Idaho voters will be required to provide photo identification or sign an affidavit that they are who they say they are before they are given a ballot at polling places under a proposal introduced Tuesday by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star.
The bill, which was printed by the House State Affairs Committee, would make it a felony to vote using someone else’s name.
Moyle said it was hard to tell if anyone had committed voter fraud in this way, but that the issue “has been a concern for a while. This is a start in the right direction.”
“We want to make sure that we protect people’s right to vote,” Moyle said. “It’s a sacred right that very few countries have.”
The bill does not deal with voting by mail or absentee ballots. Moyle said those issues are more difficult and that federal legislation could be introduced to deal with those issues.