PollWatch2012: Mohawk Elementary, Richardson

From an alert, but uncertain, FrontBurnervian:

I’ve been reading posts from around the country about people being asked for identification outside polling places as they were on their way in. Same thing happened to me this morning in Richardson, and it got my back up but I decided it was just me. Now I’m not so certain.

I got in line (a short line) at Mohawk Elementary School in Richardson this morning shortly after 7:30. A woman was working her way down the line and I heard her asking if people had their voter registration card and their photo ID. That got my attention so I asked if she knew that a judge had stayed the part about the photo ID. She told me she had said voter registration OR photo ID. I figured I had misheard her so I went back to reading my book. When she got to me she asked if I had my voter registration. I said yes and she asked to see it. I asked why and she said they were just checking to see that people were in the right place to, you know, make things move more quickly.

I showed her my registration, but I was reflecting on national reports, and on the fact that I didn’t think to ask her who she was, and on the fact that I’d never been asked such questions at a polling station before and I’m wondering if something was going on. No way to tell now, and I am pleasantly surprised that nothing like what I experienced has been reported.

Maybe she was being helpful, but there was a vibe there that made me wonder.

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  • TheSlowPath

    Same thing happened to me at the Richardson city hall early voting; but they had big signs everywhere saying “a photo ID law is NOT in effect”. The person going down the line was actually pretty helpful because several people in line were supposed to vote somewhere else (Richardson is split between Dallas and Collin Counties, so not everyone can early vote in the same place). They would have stood in line a lot longer if they hadn’t come through and checked. It wasn’t intimidating to me at all, but I guess it sort of could be (though they ask the same question at the front of the line when you actually check in).

  • Dubious Brother

    I voted this morning and was in and out in 10 minutes. The couple in front of me waited through the line to find out when they got to the front that they were in the wrong place. Not much of a wait but I’m sure they were glad it hadn’t been an hour or two. I received a post card last week telling me where my polling place was and it is also easy to find on line. I also offered my photo ID along with my voter registration as I always do and the volunteer gave it back and said it was not needed.

  • todd

    I voted at 7:15 this morning at Greenwood Hills Elementary, which is prob the next precinct west of Mohawk. Lots of signage about what forms of ID is and is not required. One guy was having problems because he had moved recently, so perhaps the Mohawk volunteer was a knee jerk reaction to the Greenwood Hills episode.