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Waldron reports: "Paul Carroll, an 86-year-old World War II veteran who has lived in the same Ohio town for four decades, was denied a chance to vote in the state's primary contests today after a poll worker denied his form of identification, a recently-acquired photo ID from the Department of Veterans Affairs."

Paul Carroll's VA ID card was denied when he tried to exercise his right to vote. (photo: VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System)
Paul Carroll's VA ID card was denied when he tried to exercise his right to vote. (photo: VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System)

86-Year-Old Ohio Veteran Denied Vote Under ID Law

By Travis Waldron, ThinkProgress

07 March 12


aul Carroll, an 86-year-old World War II veteran who has lived in the same Ohio town for four decades, was denied a chance to vote in the state's primary contests today after a poll worker denied his form of identification, a recently-acquired photo ID from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The poll worker rejected the ID because it did not contain an address, as required by Ohio law.

Carroll told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he got the ID from the VA after his driver's license expired because he doesn't drive anymore:

“My beef is that I had to pay a driver to take me up there because I don’t walk so well and have to use this cane and now I can’t even vote,” said Paul Carroll, 86, who has lived in Aurora nearly 40 years, running his own business, Carroll Tire, until 1975.

“I had to stop driving, but I got the photo ID from the Veterans Affairs instead, just a month or so ago. You would think that would count for something. I went to war for this country, but now I can’t vote in this country.”

A local Veterans Affairs employee told the Plain Dealer that the decision not to include the address was likely made at the federal level, and because VA IDs are accepted at any location, "the actual address of a veteran isn't as critical to us." Carroll was offered a provisional ballot, but the type was too small for him to read and "I was kind of perturbed by then," he said.

Republicans across the country have pushed voter ID laws to address a voter fraud "problem" that rarely, if ever, exists. Multiple laws have been challenged in court over claims that they disenfranchise voters, particularly minorities and the elderly. Carroll's story isn't altogether unique - Tennessee voter authorities denied a 96-year-old woman a voter ID last year because she didn't have an original copy of her marriage license. your social media marketing partner


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+98 # Tippitc 2012-03-07 18:34
The 'right' trying to fix a problem that didn't exist in the first place!! An ID issued by the VA isn't good enough - WTF!! A 96 year old who doesn't have an "ORIGINAL" of her marriage license?! The people behind this voter registration "SCAM" are the problem - not the voters!!
+18 # VietVet 2012-03-08 09:20
Keep up the fight Paul. You fought your war (WWII) and I fought mine (Vietnam). The thought that anyone can decide that our government issued VA ID Card is not adequate ID really pisses me off.
+89 # Capn Canard 2012-03-07 19:48
You can thank the Republican party for making sure that Paul Carroll can't vote in a Republican primary. You can count on the Republicans to protect us from the retired. Mr. Carroll, how do you like you're Republican Party now?
-7 # JohnMayer 2012-03-08 02:19
And you assume he’s Republican why?
+14 # AndreM5 2012-03-08 10:16
Not an assumption. Carroll said he was a Repub and was trying to vote in the Repub primary.
+10 # hobbesian 2012-03-07 23:02
Great; Paul got advance warning that his veteran's ID is not good enough for those hell-bent on reducing "wrong" votes; this gives him time to get another, impossible-to-d eny Voter ID. So he can vote in the big one.... so kind of them to help him get this straight.
+14 # Dion Giles 2012-03-07 23:20
And this is a man who put his life on the line for something HONOURABLE.
+11 # cliffgie 2012-03-07 23:25
What does having a marriage license have to do with being able to vote? And why is an address needed>, especially if you have a valid voter registration card? Here in Texas that's all I need -- simple, and I suspect there is very little if any fraud.
+7 # Regina 2012-03-09 07:27
The marriage license accounts for the woman's change of surname -- remember, the retro Republican party thinks women are property! They aren't supposed to have their own "personhood."
+2 # lionsdenmother 2012-03-12 15:26
i live in texas too and they have also passed these same kinds of new laws. "Texas is among eight states to require official photo identification in an effort to stop what officials say is voter fraud. Opponents of the laws say they disenfranchise poor, minority and disabled voters."
whoops i just found out the fed justice blocked that law. but they keep trying
0 # kay2the2nd 2012-06-07 12:27
To vote in Texas:
The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14, creating a new photo voter identification requirement for voter qualification in all elections in Texas beginning January 1, 2012. This advisory is intended as an overview of the new requirement. Additional information and forms are forthcoming. The new law requires all voters to present one of the following forms of photo identification in order to be eligible to vote:

Driver’s license, election identification certificate, personal identification card, or concealed handgun license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety;
United States Military identification card containing the person’s photograph;
United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph; or
United States passport.

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.
+16 # Anarchist 23 2012-03-07 23:40
Maybe Mr. Carrol should incorporate as a corporation since at 'Gott Mitt Uns' Romney so memorably said 'Corporations are people, my friend' And of course they have rights to give unlimited amounts of money. The same happened to my elderly friend-she could not even get a PO Box! Luckily she has since died and will not see the travesty which the 'Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave' has become-change that slogan to the Land of the Freak and the Home of the Knave!
+33 # Archie1954 2012-03-07 23:53
There is no voter fraud but there seems to be a lot of election fraud and it is the Republicans that are behind it 90% of the time.
+20 # BobbyLip 2012-03-07 23:57
Maybe there was some point to the Republican party years ago. Altho I don't like to think about it, I voted for a Republican (John Lindsay) back in the late 60s for mayor of New York. That was the last time. Anybody who votes Republican (repug, rethug, GOP = Greedy Old Pricks) now is a fool or a knave. I would a hundred times prefer my child to tell me he's gay rather than tell me he's a Republican. A million times! I mean, there's nothing at all wrong with being gay, but there's a special circle of hell reserved for the R's.
+16 # allie 2012-03-08 05:02
This sort of thing happens at every election on every level. It will come back, big time, to bite the republicans in the ass.
+18 # corallady 2012-03-08 06:50
Who's next in the gunsights of the Republicans? They've targeted women of all ages, the elderly, young people, non-whites, and of course all Democrats. And even our veterans aren't immune from their vile attempts to disenfranchise people who they are afraid will vote Democratic. They will try to steal the 2012 presidential election just as they did when they put George Bush in office. And they say that they're only trying to prevent voter fraud; the worst fraud is that which they are perpetrating by trying to disenfranchise people through passing laws that make it extremely difficult for certain people to get the kind of ID that they are demanding. They are masters of fraud.
+9 # lorenbliss 2012-03-08 07:25
The GOPorkers deny us the right to vote while the DemocRats pretend to protest but in reality do nothing to protect senior voting rights.

Why? Because we seniors remember when the United States tried to live up to some of its ideals and therefore -- at least if you were Caucasian -- was not that bad a place to live.

But now in the slave nation the U.S. has become, such memories are definitively subversive.

Which is why, behind the rhetorical smoke-screen, both the 'Porkers and the 'Rats are equally committed to destroying Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

In truth and behind the labels, they're One Party secretly united in representing only the One Percent.

They know the sooner they take away our pensions and our health care, the sooner we're dead -- and the sooner there won't be anybody left to say, "Hey wait a minute this is not the country I was born in."

Disenfranchisement, genocide by theft of pensions and termination of health care -- its all capitalist governance as usual: absolute power and unlimited profit for the Ruling Class, total subjugation and genocidal poverty for all the rest of us.
+4 # Phlippinout 2012-03-08 07:49
Like the US values its soldiers, get flippin real, if our government valued its people it wouldnt treat us like tax farm projects. Face it, we are nothing more than tax money to extort by the rich lazy pigs at the trough. Pay up suckers!
+9 # MainStreetMentor 2012-03-08 09:20
Voter photo ID laws are evidence of political aqendas trumping constitutional guarantees. Until America has elected a Congress which collectively possesses common sense to recall members of the US Supreme Court, or enact legislation which eradicate Voter Photo ID laws, the kind of injustice as described in this article will become the standard, not the exception.
+14 # humanmancalvin 2012-03-08 09:36
This is one of the most important issues facing this country today. If these voter disenfranchise directives were made law in a 3rd world country, UN troops would be at their polling places ensuring that all got the opportunity to vote. The percentage of voter fraud ever actually found to be true is well below .00000000000000 0000000001%.
The heavily edited right wing made videos do their false best to illuminate a problem that simply does not exist. This is a highly visible orchestration by the right wing to keep the poor folks home from voting as the ID laws target them specifically. We must fight to overturn these travesties of justice and fight some more to assure that the GOP has no chance of election. Put these anti-American way criminals in too many drivers seats and its over the steep cliffs we drive headfirst into the Bizarro land where America is run from the bible and not the constitution. Put on the gloves kids, its time to rock'n'roll.
+12 # HowardMH 2012-03-08 09:45
Wake up people. If the current trend continues another few years, the richest 400 that currently control most of the government will control all of it and you will not have to vote for anything, or be allowed to say anything against the dictators that are in charge.
Support the 99% or else.
+8 # Smiley 2012-03-08 14:57
Denying a citizen the right to vote is no less egregious than some one voting who has no right to or some one voting twice. These laws are legalized voting fraud.
+6 # Windy126 2012-03-08 15:25
I have said this many times in many places. If you are unhappy 1. be sure to vote in Nov. 2. vote for whom ever you feel is the best candidate. Regardless of Party. You have the right to a secret vote and do not have to tell anyone who you voted for. 3. Start at the local level to get rid of those who do not have your best interest in mind. 4. tell everyone and anyone to vote too. 5. Continue to write in here and anywhere else you can. Particularly in local papers. You might be surprised at how many are looking for a leader in their midst.
+4 # stew 2012-03-08 18:00
Here is an example of 'democracy' American style. Corporations and dollarbills have constitutional rights, but not many of the 99 percenters.

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