Earlier this morning, I went to vote. My polling place, in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania, seems to still be insisting that people show their IDs, and not telling them that it isn't mandatory -- and people are going along with it.
I think I was the first person to refuse their request, as they were all flustered when I said that I wasn't required to show my ID. The lady checking people in did let me go vote, but not after giving me a condescending, disgusted, yet confused, scowl.
After I checked in, I asked the lady who was running the machines why they were checking IDs when it isn't required by law. She stumbled over her answer of "well... well... it's because we don't know you, and it helps them find you in the book..." Thankfully, someone else in line chimed in, "we're not required to show our ID." I wasn't alone.
I voted, and then left the booth, at which point I was met by another poll worker who told me that next time I would be required to show ID as he as handing me a piece of voter ID propaganda. I refused his propaganda and told him that it is for the courts to decide if the racist voter suppression ID law will go into effect, not the polling officials.
Then I left.
In PA, as they did last election, they were checking IDs under the guise of getting people used to showing ID for the impending law. One of the poll workers should have been explaining that to voters who were waiting in line, and they shouldn't have been acting as if it were mandatory.
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