… A.K.A. WHY VOTER ID LAWS MATTER
By TAYLOR BROWN || Election Day is the second best day of the year (behind my birthday and Christmas —which are tied for first place).
Being a good American, I woke up early to go to my polling station at Polo Road Elementary in Richland County, S.C. I vote because I want a voice, I want the feeling of superiority from my “I Voted” sticker, and, of course, to Instagram it.
I’m blasting “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue,” as I roll up to the school, I park my car, walk in, and walk right up to the poll watcher with my ID and voter registration card in hand.
“Taylor Brown,” I say. She takes my cards and types my name into the computer then frantically checks her list of eligible voters.
“You’ve already voted absentee,” she states, before calling over someone else to help.
OK, so apparently I requested an absentee ballot back a few months ago, and I didn’t remember ever getting it in the mail. So I’m pretty frazzled at this point — who do I talk to? How do I vote? Where in God’s name is my ballot?!
So she instructed me to go to 2020 Hampton Street (downtown) to get my absentee ballot voided so that I could actually vote. So I drive down there, maybe (or maybe not) cut in line to talk to a worker there, and was asked to step into the back, to figure it all out.
A very kind lady —alone in the absentee room filled with tons of boxes, files, papers — asked me to explain the problem, so I did.
I was then told my absentee ballot would be voided, and she gave me a new ballot to fill out, so I plopped my happy American ass right down on the floor and filled it out in five or so minutes.
I turned it in, watched it be sealed, and put into the ballot box (yeah, I was surprised those still exist … didn’t Florida in 2000 kind of ruin that for the rest of us?).
I took a sticker, Instagrammed it, and got in my car to go to work.
The point of all of this: VOTER ID LAWS WORK. Granted, my situation was a little screwy, but had it not been for my ID, they would’ve been allowed to vote in person, even if I’d gotten my absentee ballot and submitted it.
So suck it, Eric Holder.
Taylor Brown is a 20-something Wofford College graduate who somehow got sucked into politics at an early age. She is easily won over with Rush’s fast food, wine, and spirited political arguments.