Already stories of voters being turned away at the polls are popping up. First, a group of nuns were turned down in Indiana for not having proper Identification. Read about it here...
The Student PIRGS just released a group of stories about students that are being turned down at the polls. See below. Remember, your ID does not have to match your registered address and it does not have to be an Indiana state issued ID.
19-year old Angela Hiss, a sophomore and computer science major at the University of Notre Dame, was turned away from the polls this afternoon as she attempted to vote in her first election. After arriving at her polling location, she presented several forms of identification - her school ID, a piece of mail that showed her campus address and an Illinois driverâ€™s license â€“ but was misinformed that she could not vote because she could not show in-state ID. Poll-workers, according to Hiss, also did not advise her that she could cast a provisional ballot, as required by state and federal law. Instead, they suggested visiting local Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain the in-state identification required by Indianaâ€™s newly-upheld law, an endeavor that could take hours, she explained. Furthermore, while the law allows her ten days to obtain the required ID from the DMV, Hissâ€™s travel plans will not give her time. As a result, she said, she will not be able to vote in the primary.
19-year old Allyson Miller, a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame and volunteer at a local childrenâ€™s clinic was similarly turned away from the polls today. An Indiana resident since the age of five, Miller left her driverâ€™s license in her dorm room, and arrived straight from class at the polls with her school ID and registration confirmation papers from the County Registrar. Upon arriving, however, poll-workers did not allow her to vote without a state-issued ID. â€œI plan to come back because voting is a big deal to me,â€ said Miller, â€œbut itâ€™s a huge inconvenience, especially with a final tomorrow.â€
19-year old Becky Jenkins, a sophomore and member of the tennis team at Butler University was also unable to vote in her first election today. â€œI didnâ€™t know that I had to have an Indiana ID,â€ she said after she was turned away from the polls for attempting to cast her ballot using a driverâ€™s licenses issued by the State of Illinois. When asked if she would instead cast a provisional ballot, Jenkins also said her travel plans wouldnâ€™t allow her to.