When I went in to early vote at the North Highland Assembly of God, which is no where near North Highland, there was a fairly long line that kept getting longer while I was there. The efficiency of the poll workers, however, impressively kept the line moving, and I would say it only took me 20 minutes to vote.
The thing that stood out in the “vote here” sign was the “voter I.D. required” line. It made me reflect on how, between 2006 and 2010, the I. D. law failed if it had been designed to discourage minority voters. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, “Turnout among black and Hispanic voters increased from 2006 to 2010, dramatically outpacing population growth for those groups over the same period.
“On the other hand, Georgia’s top elections official could not point to a single case of ballot fraud the voter ID law had prevented.”
Backers of the law said it was needed to prevent voter fraud. Some people believe that was the real reason. Some don’t. Judges ruling on the Georgia law believe that claim, but judges ruling on the South Carolina and Texas law don’t.
The man who stood in front of me was a Hispanic-American, a well-educated, friendly fellow who has served for fifty years as an interpreter at WHINSEC, formerly known as the School of the Americas. I would assume that he can vote for president twice if he wants to, once for the President of the United States and once for the President of Panama. He holds joint citizenship. You meet the most interesting people in a voting line. It make the time pass faster, and that’s good.