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I know this is a short diary but,  i want to remind people.

I recently moved and reregistered, and I got  a letter a long time
back from the Board of Elections that i needed to bring ID to
the polling place.  

It's a requirement of HAVA that you have Federal ID to vote.
An unconstitutional requirement in my mind.

But,  When i went to vote they had flagged my registration, what was worse
is my Drivers license still has my old address.  

Fortunately i had the Car registration and that was current.

A utility bill would also suffice.  

Voters should bring a utility bill or state letter to their current
address to avoid trouble.

Voters subject to the federal ID requirements must present, the first time they vote in a federal election:

   * Current and valid photo ID (includes a Virginia driver's license)
   * Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck
   * Current government-issued document that shows voter's name and address (includes a Virginia voter information card)

The above federal requirements only apply to affected voters the first time they vote in a general or primary federal election

Originally posted to nathguy on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 01:05 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    George Bush is Living proof of the axiom "Never send a boy to do a man's job" E -2.25 S -4.10

    by nathguy on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 01:05:15 PM PDT

  •  I moved earlier this year (1+ / 0-)
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    about 30 minutes away from my old place but within the same county, and never even bothered updating my registration (or my drivers license for that matter) because I don't want problems like this, so I'm driving out to my old polling place after work to vote. I figure I'll update everything after this election and then "test" the system by voting in an upcoming primary or local election, but this election was too important to not vote because of a missing piece of paperwork or some other bullshit technicality. I'll let the kinks get worked out in a less significant election where the stakes aren't as high.

    Obviously, not everyone has that luxury, if you moved far away from your old location, but if you're moving within driving distance, it's probably a good idea to do the same.

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    by yg17 on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 01:35:42 PM PDT

    •  except it is illegal, isn't it? (4+ / 0-)

      and somebody could find out and invalidate your vote. Theoretically. But please don't recommend this to everyone in your situation. People should use the links above to figure out what the rules are and take the paperwork they need when they go to the polling place.

    •  It's not really that difficult (1+ / 0-)
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       It's not hard to update voter registration, and it's not hard to find out what you need to show as ID.  Actually, a driver's license with an old address still works (it did for me in the primary), but I brought my passport and showed it today.  I also brought my voter registration card - it has current address, etc., on it.
       By the way, I moved from one state to another last year and registered to vote at the library.

  •  When I voted... (3+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, nathguy, James Robinson

    I'm currently staying with my parents for a few months (I work for a company based in Singapore, and I'm over here working on setting up our US office), so I registered at their address (suburban Philly, Allyson Schwartz' district) over the summer. My mother warned me preemptively that this is a Republican precinct and Tom Corbett has been openly bragging about having suppressed the Dem vote in Philly, so to make sure I brought my registration card. I did, and presented it at the polls. Although I saw my name had "Voter must present ID" stamped next to it, the registration card was evidently enough.

    I am, by the way, happy to report that turnout was very light at this very Republican precinct.

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    by RamblinDave on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 01:41:04 PM PDT

  •  Indiana (1+ / 0-)
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    is the worse.They turned away a couple of 80 year old NUNS because they didn't have a drivers licence or ID.


    When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt

    by IndyRobin on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 02:00:22 PM PDT

  •  Not in Mass. (4+ / 0-)

    You don't need ID here.  You don't even sign the register.  You don't need ID in many states.  Election laws are VERY state specific.  The Federal HAVA does not require ID at the poll.  

  •  MN voters only need to prove (0+ / 0-)

    identity and residence in the precinct at registration - which may be election day here. Proof of the above may be taken acre of with a variety of documents, or a person (already registered and living in that precinct or managing a residential facility) to vouch that you are who you say you are and you reside at that address.
    After that, their signature on the roster is an oath.

    "Junkies find veins in their toes when the ones in their arms and legs collapse." - Al Gore

    by parryander on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 02:13:47 PM PDT

  •  I brought my property tax bill also (0+ / 0-)

    As I have a PO Box where I get my mail but my tax bill states my physical address.  NO ONE was stopping ME from VOTING!!!!!!  

    "If you don't do it this year you'll be another year older when you do"-Warren Miller

    by fishgirl26 on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 02:45:36 PM PDT

  •  I loaded my purse (0+ / 0-)

    with property tax copies, bank statement, then went to the utility company to get a copy cuz I have a P.O. Box and on a receipt from the utility shows my physical address.  All I had to show was my voter registration, but I was prepared to knuckle it out! ;)

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    by EdgedInBlue on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 02:57:29 PM PDT

  •  No ID needed here (1+ / 0-)
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    In California all you have to do is give your name and sign the list.

    I think requiring a drivers license is in effect a poll tax, as you must pay for such a thing.

    •  Poll ID (0+ / 0-)

      I don't like the idea of making people show ID at the polls because it signals that you think that people are liars.  If I represent myself as being someone who lives at a certain address and sign my name to that effect UNDER PENALTY OF LAW, then that should suffice.

    •  I use my voter registration card (0+ / 0-)

      and half the precinct poll workers know me by name anyway!

      "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." [Ray Bradbury]

      by RosyFinch on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 08:48:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I currently live in the only state that (0+ / 0-)

    has no voter registration -- North Dakota.  I showed my Alaska ID and they asked, "Have you lived here for 30 days?"  Yep.  Okay, here's your ballot.

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