Monday, September 22, 2008

Correction to Voter Registration Verification Law

Correction to Voter Registration Verification Law ("No Match, No Vote")

Many news reports have referenced Florida's Voter Registration Verification Law – the so-called "No match, No vote" law. Contrary to what is being widely reported, this law does NOT require that the address on the driver's license (or other ID) that a voter presents at the polls match the voter's address in the precinct register. The "No match, no vote" name represents a reading of the law that is incorrect and this nickname should not be used further. Additionally, the Florida Secretary of State issued a media advisory to definitively contradict such information:

I.D. Required and Checked at the Polls is Used Solely to Confirm the Voter's Identity, Not to Verify the Voter's ID Number or Address. "The photograph on the ID is compared to the person standing before the poll worker and the signature on the ID is compared to the signature on record." [FL Department of State]


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