Voting identification to be simplified

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s elections chief wants to simplify the state’s voter identification and provisional ballot laws, and increase the number of early voting sites. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued formal recommendations for elections law changes to the Legislature yesterday, after two conferences and months of meetings. Consensus about changes is starting to build after months of partisan sniping. Brunner recommended scrapping the long list of acceptable forms of ID in favor of requiring voters to show either a government issued photo ID or two IDs that confirm the voter’s name. Brunner also wants to minimize the number of provisional ballots cast and discarded by allowing certain votes to count if a voter is in the wrong precinct but the right county.