"No Match, No Vote" made less complicated?

10/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Voting rights advocates today hailed a legal opinion regarding the controversial "No Match, No Vote" law in Florida.

The law requires the driver's license number or last four digits of a Social Security number written on new voter registration applications to match numbers in a government database.

But Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark made life more complicated for Secretary of State Kurt Browning by declaring that she wants her own poll workers to try to resolve any matching issues at the precinct or at early voting sites so those people can avoid having to cast provisional ballots.

And yesterday, Ron Labasky, the legal counsel for the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, issued a memo advising all Florida supervisors of elections that they could accept identification at the polls without requiring voters to make an additional trip to the elections office.

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