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Alabama: my personal experience with voter I.D.

When I went to vote this morning in Alabama's primary, the poll workers looked as lonely as Maytag repairmen. To liven things up a bit, when asked for identification, I pulled out my Alabama Gas Company bill. I pointed out that the name on the bill does not match my name on the voter list because I go by my middle name. The poll worker checked the address on the bill, found it matched that of the "official" name I gave her, and let me vote.

One anecdote does not make a trend. I wonder how many people in Alabama used a utility bill this morning and how many had problems with a mismatching name.

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