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Last Friday's mail contained a notice from my county's Board of Elections.  After the s**t that's been going around the country lately, I panicked.  I've lived in the same house since registering to vote in early 2003.  The notice said "because of changes, we've sent you a new voter ID card."  What changes???  Hmmm.  The new card had the same font as the old one, all my voting districts were the same, I certainly hadn't changed my party to Red, I personally had not been eaten by a pod person:  still, I was panicked.  After all, Pennsylvania is just a few miles north, and that voter suppression mania might be contagious. It sure seems like it.... So I called the BoE and was obliged to leave a message -- courteous enough, but still frantic -- at 1640 hours Friday.

Spent the weekend fretting.  A natural behavior for an old fart.

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Got a personal call from a friendly lady at the BofE this morning at 0840 hours.  "It's just because you renewed your driver's license last Tuesday," she offered.  That's it.  I dropped enough weight to need a new picture, and within 3 days they had run a check to make sure I could still vote in a few weeks (late October for early voting in Maryland), just to be safe.

Three days (maybe only two, since I couldn't read the postmark).  Proactive.  Automatic.  A phone call returned quickly, definitively.  

Ensuring that citizens can vote.  Gee, what a concept!

See, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, et al.?  It CAN be done, and it SHOULD be done.  They make cheap computers that can do that sort of thing, honest!

Thank you, Maryland.  You guys rock!

Originally posted to argomd on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.

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