Monday, September 22, 2008

Voting Rules

I'm concerned about Florida voting, this year.* There seem to have been some changes in the voting rules.

I heard that we have to have photo identification and proof of signature (and some other unconfirmed items). To use your driver's license, the address must match your voter registration address information. It must also have a sample of your signature. If not, as I understand it, you will be issued a provisional ballot which will only be counted if you return within two days with the appropriate information/identification.

What bothers me most about this is that 1) I doubt this information is getting to everyone, 2) those it reaches by word-of-mouth may get inaccurate information and, perhaps, be dissuaded from voting, and 3) it's too close to the election for the rules to change.

And, of course, I'm concerned that those the qualified voters this is most likely to affect will probably be minority members and Democrats, but I don't want ANYone to be disenfranchised. There's been enough of that... and enough of the PERCEPTION of that, already.

I'd like to find a way to help get the word out (of what to expect at the polls) to more people.

* - For those who don't know, I live in Florida.


B. Good said...

Oh hell, here we go again!

Los Angelista said...

Crazy to believe that early voting is already going on in so many places and there's already voting drama going on. It makes me feel very unconfident, that's for sure.