H. B. 2144
(By Delegate Tansill)
[Introduced January 9, 2008; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §3-1-4 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to voter identification; and
establishing a requirement that voters identify themselves
prior to casting a vote.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §3-1-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be
amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS AND DEFINITIONS.
§3-1-4. Manner of voting.
In all elections the mode of voting shall be by ballot,
but the voter shall be left free to vote by either open, sealed, or
secret ballot, as he or she
may elect. Voting by ballot may be
accomplished as provided in articles three, four, five and six of
(b) In elections in which a voter appears at a polling place in person, the voter must present his or her State of West Virginia
voter's registration card along with one form of government issued
photo identification, or in lieu of photo identification, the voter
must present a current utility bill, current bank statement,
current pay stub or government check.
Note: The purpose of this bill is to establish a requirement
that voters identify themselves prior to casting a vote.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would