Octogenarian World War II Vet Denied Right To Vote

Since the 2010 election, we have seen an unprecedented number of voter restriction laws that are specifically designed to restrict voting for minorities, the poor, college students, and the elderly, and we are now starting to see the effects of these laws.  

Paul Carroll is an 86-year-old World War II vet from Ohio, and he has lived in the same town for 40 years. He was denied the right to vote on Tuesday after a poll worker denied his identification, a photo ID from the Department of Veterans Affairs 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 Mr. Carroll 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.” 

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.  

This is not an isolated problem. 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.  

We are fighting for democratic rights in other countries and yet, since the Republicans big wins in 2010, they have been working state by state to restrict access to the voting booth. They have not even bothered to be subtle about who they are trying to disenfranchise, the people who tend to vote Democrat. This is their game plan. They know a majority of Americans do not support their agenda so this is the best way to get back into office…voter suppression.

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3 responses to “Octogenarian World War II Vet Denied Right To Vote

  1. okieprogressive

    Reblogged this on okieprogressive and commented:
    My ma was turned away from the voting booth today because she forgot her ID. She’s been voting at that same place for 50 years. She drove home to get her ID then went back to place her vote. She now wants to help fight Jim Crow. Where would we be today without moms?

    • Thanks for the reblog! There are stories like this coming to light all over the country. These laws are modern day Jim Crow. Elections have consequences and the GOP have gone out of their way to illustrate how bad those consequences can be.

  2. They offered him a provisional ballot, which means he WAS allowed to vote.

    The government requires people to prove their identity in many other less important situations. Why is it Ok to demand ID checks when entering a bar, but not for voting?

    We have to be able to trust the results of our elections. Fraud both intentional and unintentional has been a part of our system since the very beginning. However, at this point it is simply out of control. We have several members of congress and senate that won elections through fraudulent votes. When I look at the election totals and see more people voted in King county than are registered to vote… that is a big problem.

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