But Arizona voters decided to pass a proposition that requires people to produce a valid ID before being allowed to vote. This is to prevent illegal immigrants from voting. Or so the hysteria claims.
Sorry, but there's a big black market making Arizona driver's licenses. Little old ladies that are volunteering won't necessarily know how to tell it's a fake ID or not.
But I tried to do my patriotic thing and vote in today's primary. This is the first election in which the proposition would be in effect for.
So I show up, and give my name. She checks the roster. Yes, I'm on it. She starts filling out the ballot paperwork, and then asks for my picture ID.
I dig my driver's license from behind my medical ID card.
"Umm, you have a different address on your license. I don't know if I can accept this."
*deep sigh* "I officially changed it online at the MVD website. When I tried to pay for my replacement ID, it didn't accept my card, and locked me out of the system. I'm moving in a couple months, so I figured it wasn't worth a trip to MVD to get a new license. A police office would run the license number, and would see the correct address. Besides, here's my sample ballot, and yellow card giving me the voter location information. Since these are sent to my real address in the last week, shouldn't that prove my new address?"
"Err, I guess that's okay then."
"Besides, I thought it was just to verify I'm the person I said I am when you signed me in. Since the picture matches me to the name I gave you, doesn't that tell you I am who I said I am."
"Okay, okay, here's your ballot."
*trying to make a smile* "Thank you."
I don't know if there's a rule saying that the license has to match the address on the registeration rolls. I just know it's a big pain in the butt. But I guess I'll try again and get a new license with the new address on it. I might get more hassle in the general election.