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Voters being turned away in my city- SW Penn
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 8980350:MV8yMDQwNTA5XzM0Mjk5OTQzX0Y1NDZDQTBG] There was the old lady with the log book, the lady who writes down everyones name in the tablet, someone else, and the guy who was giving you the code number for the voting machines. They all shook their heads "no" when the girl was pleading with them to vote. The whole situation was crazy and confusing here in PA from the get-go. At first we all got a flyer in the mail a few months back that said PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED TO VOTE! Then a few weeks later we got a flyer that said PHOTO ID CAN BE SHOWN BUT IS NOT REQUIRED TO VOTE. They kept changing the rules until the last minute and now you have confused poll station workers who don't even know for themselves what the laws are. Pretty sad day for Democracy here in PA. [/quote]
Here is the background on what I saw today. In PA we were told early on that we HAD TO BRING ID TO VOTE. Then, this was changed to next year. The official final line this year was "You will be asked for photo ID when you go to vote, but it is not required to vote".
I was waiting in line to vote and a young lady in front of me told the lady with the registered voter book that she didn't have ID with her, she had just lost it. The lady with the book looked up her name and sure enough it was in the book so she was registered. The older lady with the book then told her she could not vote and turned her away. The girl was told to find some type of photo ID and come back, she tried to explain to them that she didn't have anything and she really wanted to vote today.
This will not be law until NEXT year. That young lady waited in line to vote for twenty some minutes, she wanted her voice to be heard. While I do think that you should provide ID when you vote, that wasn't the law this year it takes effect next year. I would have spoken up for her and explained the election law to the officials, BUT i wasn't 100% sure which way it went this year I know next year it is changing so I got home and looked it up and sure enough they turned this young lady away when she was in the right this year.
So take your ID if you plan on voting today in Pennsylvania just in case these local yokels don't know their own voting laws.
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