“IS THAT THE NEW DRIVER’S LICENSE?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 6, 2012) — While waiting in line to show “identification” at my polling place, as is required by state law, I happened to reach for my pistol permit before my driver’s license. When it was my turn, I identified my street, number and my name, then handed the elections official the permit. The younger woman sitting next to her looked at it and said, “Is that the new driver’s license?” to which I said, “No, it’s a pistol permit.” The older woman who had taken the permit from me to inspect it said, “Oh, my husband has been after me to get one of those,” to which I replied, “You never know who might be planning to break into your house or otherwise harm your family or you.”
The younger woman then said, “I had one of those taken away from me.”
Connecticut does not require that the “identification” shown at the polling place contain a photograph, as the legislature changed the law during its last session to allow same-day voter registration and casting of a ballot. The state’s governor opined that the new law demonstrated that Connecticut had made voting in the state less “restrictive.”
The U.S. Department of Justice has opposed laws passed by state legislatures which require voters to show photo identification. An appeal is pending on behalf of the state of Texas after a three-judge panel in Washington, DC ruled in favor of Justice.
All designated polling locations in Connecticut are reportedly open despite the massive effects felt on the shoreline by Hurricane Sandy. Lines have reportedly been long and some confusion apparent about required voter identification. The U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Joseph Lieberman is vied for by U.S. Representative Christopher Murphy and businesswoman Linda E. McMahon.
Connecticut has seven electoral votes and has a long history of electing Democrats to many local and the majority of state and federal offices. The polls opened at 6:00 a.m. and will be open until 8:00 p.m. EST. There is no early voting in Connecticut.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.