Voters see a mixed bag with photo ID at the polls

The Roanoke Times,  November 12, 2017

[I]n many respects a work photo ID is the most powerful kind for voting. First, most employee IDs have no expiration date. Second, there’s no government-issue requirement. Third, the employer doesn’t even have to be based in Virginia. ...

The election officer accepted [my 20-year-old employee ID for The Roanoke Times] without question, even though the handsome devil on the card no longer resembles me, and the picture is blurred, and even though half my last name is scratched off. None of those circumstances amounted to disqualifiers.

But that’s not where the story ends on this subject. One of my colleagues here in the newsroom, Sara Gregory, tried to vote elsewhere in the city using her work ID. And it got rejected. ...

Tuesday evening, Stevenson took his work ID with him to vote at the Charles R. Hill Senior Center — and the election officer there wouldn’t accept it.

By Dan Casey

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