"No Match No Vote" Law Creates Trouble at Polls

By: Whitney Ray
By: Whitney Ray

The Obama Campaign will have extra eyes on Florida polling sites looking for voters not allowed to cast a traditional ballot because of problems with their identification.
This year Qua-Aisa Blackmon will cast a ballot for president for the first time in her life. She says, “It seems there’s a lot riding on it with the war and the quote unquote recession.”
Because of a new restriction, if there is a typo in Qua-Aisa voter registration form, she’ll have to cast a provisional ballot, and come back with in two days to verify her ID.
The Obama Campaign will have people at the polls to help people who cast provisional ballots because of the No Match No Vote law. Obama Campaign Spokesman Kevin Cate said, “We’re going to make sure that everybody who wants an opportunity to vote in this historic election has an opportunity.
The Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida sent a letter to the Florida Democrats asking them not “assist” voters at the polls, warning them about state laws concerning poll watchers.
State law will allow a campaign to have one poll watcher at every precinct, but they have to follow strict guidelines. Secretary of State spokeswoman Jennifer Davis said, “the poll watcher is not allowed to interfere or solicit votes before the vote. Now they can talk to them afterwards but it has to be after the vote has been cast.”
In a close election the decision could rest on provisional ballots. The state’s Division of Elections is working overtime to catch typos in new registration forms.
If information on a registration application doesn’t match the state database, a letter is sent to the applicant asking them to fix the problem before Election Day.


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