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Louisiana proud of its abilities to accommodate voter ID laws

by Admin 12. September 2012 09:22

The voice of voters who go to the polls to cast ballots in Louisiana in early November without an acceptable identification may still be heard, according to a published report.

There are ways around that requirement as local issues and the presidential election hang in the balance, The Advertiser reports.

The mandate for voter identification helps ensure that the election's integrity is preserved, Republicans state. But, across the aisle, Democrats assert the laws stave off some involvement from low-income and minority voters.

"Louisiana falls in the middle, and for right now, it does seem like a good, moderate approach," political science Ph.D. Ryan Teten, who teaches about campaigns and elections at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, told the news source on Monday.

Voters may cast ballots even if they don't own a photo ID or if they have lost it, Secretary of State Tom Schedler with the state of Louisiana told the news source.

They will have to sign an affidavit in the company of an on-site election commissioner - then they may vote.

"Most people come in with a photo ID, and that's the end of it," Schedler told the news source late last week. "The magic wand that Louisiana has over these other states with voter ID laws is that we think we hit a middle-ground approach to it."

Registrar of voters Charlene Menard with Lafayette Parish said the Motor Vehicles Office is prepared to supply free photo identification cards to any resident of the state of Louisiana so that they may vote.

Schedler presently is traveling internationally as part of an effort to instruct members of the military as to how to vote, The Associated Press reports.

After having left this past Saturday, he has visited Kuwait and Qatar as part of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

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