Sunday, August 17, 2008

Can I see some ID, Mr. Vice President?

What would you say to the guy who walks in with his Secret Service detail, and wants to cast a ballot? How about "can I see some ID, please?"
Vice President Dick Cheney voted in the primary election Thursday when he and his wife, Lynne, cast absentee ballots at the Teton County Clerk’s Office just before noon.

Bystanders and election staff did not know Cheney would visit, as Cheney gave no notice he was coming in until his Secret Service contingent walked through the door.

“It was a surprise visit,” said election volunteer Mike Faraday.

Cheney traditionally votes at the firehouse on Moose-Wilson Road near his Teton Pines home. While waiting for clerks to access his confidential registration, he told Bob Grady, who was also there to vote, that he realized he may not be in the valley for election day on Tuesday and should cast an absentee ballot early.

Faraday asked the vice president for his driver’s license.

“The reason is we are supposed to confirm identity with a photo ID and it also helps confirm residency and that was the easiest way to do it,” he said. “I know he is the vice president and I know he can vote, but I wanted to make sure he can vote here and now.”

Article here. Looks like the election laws apply to everyone in Teton County, Wyo. And that's a good thing.

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