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Photo IDs Not Needed to Vote in Connecticut

Some states have changed their laws to require photo IDs, but in this press release the ACLU and NAACP wants to remind voters in Connecticut of the state’s law.

Photo identification is never required to vote in Connecticut, an important point to remember when some voters may have lost or misplaced their IDs in Hurricane Sandy and others may be confused by controversial photo identification laws in other states. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches have sent a letter to registrars in all of Connecticut’s 169 towns, asking them to remind poll workers of state law about voter identification so that nobody is wrongly denied the right to vote on Nov. 6.  

“Many people don’t have government-issued photo identification and they need to know they can vote without it in Connecticut,” said Andrew Schneider, Executive Director of the ACLU of Connecticut. “This year, we’re also concerned about people who have driver’s licenses or passports but lost track of them in the hurricane.”

The law allows almost all registered voters to cast ballots after showing any of a wide range of identification, including a credit card or utility bill --  or after simply signing a form attesting to their identities. The only exceptions are for some people casting ballots for the first time in a federal election after mailing in their voter registration; acceptable forms of identification are more limited for those voters but photo identification is still not required. (The rules are more fully explained in the letter to registrars, which is attached.)

“The people least likely to have government-issued photo identification are the poor, the young and minorities, “ said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the NAACP of Connecticut. “The courts have blocked laws requiring photo identification in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin, and we must be certain the same discriminatory standard is not inadvertently applied in Connecticut.”

Schneider said that the ACLU of Connecticut has heard from many voters who are misinformed. “We know that registrars and poll workers, whose jobs have been complicated by the storm, share our goal that no eligible voter be disenfranchised. We’re just asking for their help.”

To combat potential voter fraud, the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission created a hotline to report any irregularities at polling places. 

Mike O'Gorman November 05, 2012 at 11:36 PM
what a joke....but then again this is Connecticut....ass clowns run this state...
Thomas Crafts November 05, 2012 at 11:57 PM
This article is false. Of course you need two forms of government issued I.D. as well as a US passport to vote on Wednesday. See you at the polls!
Bruce Terry November 06, 2012 at 12:46 AM
So now we don't have to show ID to vote. Gee, now I understand why someone would bother to complete all those thousands of bogus voter registrations. This kind of fraud isn't going to stop until Republicans start cheating. And what can you say to deny that this is all about being able to steal elections? That we want people who can't be bothered to register or to get an ID to be able to vote? Honest Democrats should be ashamed that their party supports this kind of corruption.
Mr.Cranky November 06, 2012 at 01:38 AM
There is little record of in-person voter fraud, something like 10 cases throughout the country in 12 years. 10 cases in over hundreds of millions of votes. Admit it. you just don't like students, the poor and minorities voting. Go say hello to Jim Crow and 1955. Here is a little light reading: http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/policy_brief_on_the_truth_about_voter_fraud/
Bruce Terry November 06, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Ahh, "Racism!, he argued". Funny how you assume people who don't have IDs are minorities. Why is that? And yes, I think if you're too disengaged to register to vote or to get a photo ID then you shouldn't be able to vote with the idea being I want LESS ignorant people voting. For crying out loud, what adult doesn't have a photo ID? And before that reflex kicks in, "racism!" is not an answer. Listen, genius, the reason why there are so few cases of voter fraud prosecutions is because PHOTO IDs AREN'T REQUIRED!!! No, I refuse to accept counter arguments to this. If you do not support requiring a photo ID to vote then you are supporting voter fraud. If you disagree, then you won't mind if I go to as many polling places as possible and cast votes in the names of people I randomly find in the phonebook.

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