Yesterday, a Stamford man decided to make a point about the lack of integrity in Connecticut's voting systems by using non-traditional identification when he went to the polling station—he used his ShopRite Price Plus Club bonus card when he was asked for his ID.
The polling station worker was at first unsure whether to use the ShopRite card as a legitimate form of identification, but the man made a stink about it, drawing attention from other voters and workers in the polling station. The worker consulted a senior staffer at the polling station who confirmed that the man could, in fact, use a grocery store points card for his ID, even though the card did not include a photo of the man, just his name.
This is not the first time the man has used alternative forms of identification for voting other than his driver's license. In a previous election, he used his debit card, which also does not include a photo that would confirm the man's identity.
It's not like the man doesn't have a driver's license, he does.
But he intentionally chooses to use alternate forms of identification when he goes to vote in order to draw attention to the absurdity of Connecticut's voter ID requirements, which do not require a photo ID. While voters cannot use a "drive-only" license for ID, they can use driver's licenses indicated as "not for federal identification".
Furthermore, if you do not have a driver's license when you check in at the polling station, you can use a credit card, an ID with your name and photo, or any document with your name and address, such as a checkbook or a utility bill. If you are not a first-time voter, you can also use your social security card or any pre-printed form of identification that shows your name and signature, like a grocery story points card apparently.
And if all else fails, you can sign Form ED-681, "Signatures of Electors Who Did Not Present ID" that says the elector whose name appears on the check list is the person who is signing the form.
That seems almost as secure as a ballot box in Bridgeport, doesn't it?