As you might guess if you read this blog, I love to vote.
This morning I looked up what time the polls open in NYC and skedaddled across the street bright and early to cast my ballot.
There's construction at the school where I've voted for years so it was a new entrance. But, they had signs up and I found my way through the twists and turns to the gym. There was a table staffed by a serious looking lady with a voting roster.
I told her my name.
"ID please," she said.
Well, no. You do NOT need ID to vote in the great State of New York. You never have and you don't today.
I mentioned this. I was rebuffed. And rebuffed again by the uniformed member of New York's finest sitting next to her.
I have ID of course. And I did show it. But I asked if they had the statute there in writing cause I knew I wasn't going to be the last to question this. No they did not.
I had a lovely conversation with the NYPD officer. He's one of the things I love about this city: he's from somewhere other than the US, came here, became a citizen and he votes.
I mentioned that this was election intimidation and he was probably going to hear more about it in the day to come. And bless his heart, he checked with the election supervisor and sure enough, I was right.
I'm not sure why the first woman at the door thought she should ask for ID. Maybe it's cause we're so used to doing it these days.
But, you do NOT need ID to vote unless your name is not in the poll book or someone challenges you there at the poll site. If that happens, you have the election supervisor come to you and you vote in a different way. BUT you get to vote.
Don't let anyone make you think you can't vote today if you want to. And I hope you do want to.