I went to the polls today — and had to show a valid ID before I could vote. Excellent.
Voter fraud in Michigan, more exactly, in Detroit, has been rampant in past elections.
The law requiring that voters be required to present a picture ID or sign an affidavit before voting was passed in 1996. Because of interference by the ACLU and NAACP, it wasn’t until July of this year that Michigan Supreme Court decided that the law was constitutional.
Predictably, against all outward appearances of no problems whatsoever, the NAACP had this to say:
DETROIT — Officials from the Detroit Branch NAACP monitoring voting this morning say the process is “messy” because of the new photo identification requirement.
Melvin “Butch” Hollowell, general counsel to the Detroit NAACP, said there was one report of a voter being turned away in the city for not having an ID. He didn’t have any more specifics and was investigating.
He also said there has been confusion in the Detroit City Clerk’s Office over which affidavits to give to voters when they don’t have a photo ID. He said that one of the NAACP monitors witnessed a voter instead being given an affidavit for a provisional ballot that is set aside for six days until a voter can prove his or her identity.
One report is “messy?” Give me a break.
But clerk officials said that there have been no problems with election workers giving out the wrong affidavits.
“There has been no confusion,” said Daniel Baxter, director of the Department of Elections.
In July, the Michigan Supreme Court decided that a 1996 law requiring voters to either show a picture ID or sign an affidavit is constitutional and enforceable.
Voters need a Michigan driver’s license, state-issued personal ID card or other acceptable form of ID. Those without photo ID at the polls must sign an affidavit attesting to that fact before they can receive a ballot that will be counted with all others.
Elsewhere, elections officials reported few problems with the launch of the ID requirement.
Secretary of State spokeswoman Kelly Chesney said Michigan election workers reported that “the process has been smooth and orderly.”
Chesterfield Township Clerk Kelly Jo Smolarek has experienced no problems today with the new voter identification law.
“Everyone has been very receptive,” Smolarek said. “We have not had one negative comment. In fact, some people are saying it is about time.”