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Nuns prevented from voting

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 7, 2008 | 2:03 am

In the comments to the post about the Israel Bible Quiz, Stan Meyer said that Jim Crow is alive and well. Maybe, maybe not. But at least the spirit of exclusionary laws were evident last night in Indiana when nuns were turned away from the polls for lack of ID.

The nuns, all residents of a retirement home at Saint Mary’s Convent near Notre Dame University, were denied ballots by a fellow sister and poll worker because the women, in their 80s and 90s, did not have valid Indiana photo ID cards.

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“It’s the law, and it makes it hard,” said Sister Julie McGuire, who was working at the polling place and had to explain to the nuns that they could not vote. “Some don’t understand why.”

Indiana requires voters who come to the polls show a photo ID issued by the state or the federal government. The law was pressed by Republicans citing voter fraud and opposed by Democrats and the ACLU, who argued that it would disenfranchise voters.

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