Indiana's Voter ID Law Causing Some Problems

by ekramer on November 4, 2008

Voting in Southern Indiana’s Clark County is heavy and some voters have had problems. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports.

Joseph Haist and his wife Danielle Newton came to Jeffersonville’s Wilson Elementary School to vote. They found their names in the poll books and thought there wouldn’t be any problems.

Joseph Haist.

“A few months ago we registered online. We sent in copies of our I.D,” Haist says. “They say this is the place to come to. We show up here; they won’t allow us to vote.”

Haist and Newton moved to Indiana from Kentucky over the summer and have not yet gotten Indiana drivers licences. A lawyer at the polls for the Democratic Party advised them to vote by provisional ballot.

There is more scrutiny of voters’ detailed information due to Indiana’s voter identification law, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in April. It requires all voters to present a state or federally issued photo ID.

Debbie Carey, an inspector at one of the precincts at the school, says there was a line to the street by 5:30 a.m.

Carey says all the bustle at this polling location hasn’t caused many problems.

“As far as I can tell, everybody has been going really smooth,” Carey says.”I think the longest wait may have been maybe 45 minutes, so that’s not too bad.”

Voter Yolanda Railey says she was relived that the process went smoothly for her. She says her choice for president addresses issues she values.

“My concerns are economics, taxes, school because I have four children,” Railey says. “So the fact that the candidate I voted for is going to pursue children being able to get education, which is my concern.”

The polls close in Indiana at 6 p.m.

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