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  •  He probably has a passport. (3+ / 0-)
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    That would be an acceptable ID.

    The rules aren't as ironclad as some make it seem. Poll workers, like myself, are able to deem that the name on an ID document is "substantially similar" to the name on the voter roll and allow the voter to vote plus there are exceptions for religions which don't wish photographs and for disabilities (I don't see how a disability would prevent someone from getting an ID.).

    Don't get me wrong, I would prefer the way it was previously when I was able to allow a voter to vote without the current stringent rules.

    TX SOS

    If the name does not match exactly but is “substantially similar” to the name on the [voter roster], the voter will be permitted to vote as long as the voter signs an affidavit stating that the voter is the same person on the list of registered voters.

    If a voter does not have proper identification, the voter will still be permitted to vote provisionally. The voter will have (six) 6 days to present proper identification to the county voter registrar, or the voter’s ballot will be rejected.


    Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption. The application must contain written documentation from either the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing he or she has been determined to have a disability, or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent. In addition, the applicant must state that he or she has no valid form of photo identification. Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to vote by presenting a voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption. Please contact your voter registrar for more details.

    Voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed and voters who do not have any valid form of photo identification as a result of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may vote a provisional ballot, appear at the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days after election day, and sign an affidavit swearing to the religious objection or natural disaster, in order for your ballot to be counted. Please contact your county voter registrar for more details.

    I, for one, have no problem being led by a 3500 year old Pharaoh who was trained by space aliens on a distant star.

    by Tomtech on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 01:10:21 PM PST

    •  Quite thoughtless that remark. (4+ / 0-)
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      (I don't see how a disability would prevent someone from getting an ID.).
      I know someone who is unable to leave his home to travel to nearest town to get a number and wait in long line to appear in person in order to obtain a current a photo ID because of a disability. Extreme hardship.
    •  He probably doesn't have a passport (1+ / 0-)
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      Like you, I have zero evidence to support my claim. I don't know the man. However, since he knew he would need some kind of valid governmental ID, why didn't he bring it instead of making a national news story? The Dallas Morning News loves writing about a guy who left his passport in his sock drawer.

      i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

      by bobinson on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 03:36:51 PM PST

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      •  He will get to vote. (0+ / 0-)

        Star Telegram:

        The legendary Texas political figure was able to get a state-issued personal identification card because his assistant dug through boxes of records at his office until she found a certified copy of his birth certificate, which was one of the pieces of ID needed.

        Other officials — such as gubernatorial candidates Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, and state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat — experienced minor snags with the law.

        In both cases, the candidates had to sign an affidavit to let them vote because the names on their driver licenses and voter certificates were slightly different but “substantially similar.”

        I am surprised that he thought he could get a new ID without his birth certificate or another acceptable document.

        As for politicians making a big deal out of a minor nuisances, Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis and a judge made headlines because a poll worker notes that their voter registration didn't exactly match their ID and asked them to sign a sheet while offering them a form which would have led to a change in their voter registration record so that it would match in future elections.

        BTW: I plan to be a Davis Delegate to next year's Texas Democratic Convention.

        I, for one, have no problem being led by a 3500 year old Pharaoh who was trained by space aliens on a distant star.

        by Tomtech on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 06:20:07 PM PST

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