About 12 Indiana nuns were turned away Tuesday from a polling place by a fellow bride of Christ because they didn't have state or federal identification bearing a photograph.Notice the highlighted passages there? Old nuns not being able to vote because of voter ID laws; one simply didn't want to get an ID and the rest can't get one in the 10-day allotted time. Yet each and every one of them could get to the polling station KNOWING they couldn't vote.
Sister Julie McGuire said she was forced to turn away her fellow sisters at Saint Mary's Convent in South Bend, across the street from the University of Notre Dame, because they had been told earlier that they would need such an ID to vote.
The nuns, all in their 80s or 90s, didn't get one but came to the precinct anyway.
"One came down this morning, and she was 98, and she said, 'I don't want to go do that,'" Sister McGuire said. Some showed up with outdated passports. None of them drives.
They weren't given provisional ballots because it would be impossible to get them to a motor vehicle branch and back in the 10-day time frame allotted by the law, Sister McGuire said. "You have to remember that some of these ladies don't walk well. They're in wheelchairs or on walkers or electric carts." (emp added - LN)
The first case happens already in Alabama, people actually seem to already KNOW that the names have to match and accordingly get the name change done on the voter record, so maybe she just didn't know about it (yet). The second case applies to the 'confusing' aspect of the law, as in people not knowing or caring what the law says, and then complaining when they fail to abide by it. How come in judicial matters, ignorance of the law isn't a defense, but in voting (democratic) it is?
One newly married woman said she was told she couldn't vote because her driver's license name didn't match the one on her voter registration record, said Myrna Perez of the Brennan Center Justice at New York University's law school, coordinator of the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hot line. Another woman said she was turned away from casting her first-ever ballot because she had only a college-issued ID card and an out-of-state driver's license, Perez said.
"These laws are confusing. People don't know how they're supposed to be applied," she said. (emp added - LN)
The Republican-led effort was designed to combat ballot fraud, said supporters, who also have acknowledged that no case involving someone impersonating a voter at the polls has ever been prosecuted in Indiana. (emp added - LN)Notice that the evil Republicans have to be mentioned (heh). Also, it seems that without a voter ID law, it would be damn hard to actually prosecute someone for illegal voting on a secret ballot. But of course we only pass laws that stop past crimes right?
Makes you wonder who wrote the last part. Of course when news is picked up, it is usually truncated for size and effectiveness, so this little bit will probably get axed.
That thought was echoed in South Bend, where Elizabeth Bridges, 63, said half of the people working in her voting precinct were family members, but still she showed her ID.
"I think the law is a good thing because a lot of people are crooked," she said.
John Parker III, agreed.
"I think it's a good thing because I don't want anyone coming in and voting for me," he said. "Someone could come in here and just use my name."
What is it Insty says... world ends, women, old people hardest hit (no mention of minorities actually being hampered.