As I voted in the primary election, there was a young African-American woman registered as a Democrat, who was having difficulty voting because she mistook her voter-registration card for a valid form of identification.
As the election inspectors worked to determine the procedure for casting a provisional ballot, the young woman didn’t seem to understand why she wasn’t being allowed to vote the way she’s always voted in the past. She said that she and her husband, who was also voting, had the same last name and address and that she had voted at that location before. Holding out her blue voter registration card, she said that, in the past, that was the only form of ID she had ever needed to vote.
No matter the intent of the Republican voter-ID law, for this and many voters on Election Day, the results are clear: The law makes it more difficult for citizens to vote and to have their votes counted.
At the same time, a real source of voter fraud, the absentee ballot, remains off the Republican election-integrity radar. I wonder if it has anything to do with voter demographics.
Matthew Sagorski, South Miami