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One big mess

So you say you wanna vote?  You wanna do your democratic duty?

Good luck.  The re-instatement of the Voter ID rules in the state is causing no end of difficulty.  Clerks around the state are awaiting further instruction as everyone tries to figure out what the plan is.  The GAB has a plan -- and for absentee ballots

12,000 or so absentee ballots have already gone out without the Voter ID info.  New absentee ballot requests are all being held since there are no forms yet for people to send in their ID (tomorrow, apparently). Town, city, and county clerks now need to get in touch with all of the people they've sent absentee ballots to, and get them to fix it or they won't be able to vote.

People who don't have ID are going to have to get them from their local DMV -- if they can find an office that's open and that they can get to before the election. And God Help You if you don't have the right documents to get your ID.  Yes, we know that the GOP has . Imagine having to get your ID shoved through all of the different bureaucracy of the Motor Vehicle Department, probably your county records or state records, and whoever else will have to fall into the mix. It's  okay, you've got - um -- weeks to get this all straightened out.

Whether you think Voter ID is a good idea or not (and don't get me wrong, I think it's a terrible idea) it's pretty clear that voting in November is going to be an ordeal, as people try to get set up to vote legally.  Pushing this through at the last minute is going to be difficult for everyone, and I expect a lot of people are going to be disenfranchised whether they have an ID or not. But of course, that's probably the plan.

I'm just glad I'm not one of those part-time underpaid town clerks. And that I have an ID.

Please note that if you want more info on obtaining an ID, and how the law will affect your ability to vote, - and they're rebuilding it as fast as they can to make it correct.

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September 16, 2014 - 6:44pm

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