Wayne Slater is the senior political writer at the Dallas Morning News. He lives outside of Austin. He tried to vote early there this weekend. Because Texas’ voter-ID law was challenged by the Justice Department, Slater brought his water bill to the voting precinct, where he met a supervisor named Peggy. Here’s what he says happened next:
Peggy:Â “We prefer a voter-registration card or a drivers license. There’s a list of identifications starting with registration card, driver’s license,Â picture ID – we prefer to go in that order.”
Me:Â “Does that mean, Peggy, that I can’t vote with this.”
At that point, Peggy got up, turned around and began leafing throughÂ aÂ booket with the state law. Another superviser scurried over. Peggy said I wasn’t producing a photo-ID, He looked quickly at my utility bill and said, “That looks fine.”
Peggy:Â “It has to be a current utility bill.”
He looked over the bill. It was current.Â “This looks fine,”Â he said.
Peggy then punched my nameÂ in the computer and announced that I’m not aÂ registered voter.Â I have a current registration card so I know I’m registered. The second superviser came back and looked over the screen. Peggy had mistyped my name. He told her to correct it. She did. I voted.