Tuesday's HOT MIC

Tuesday's HOT MIC

Just returned from doing my civic duty here in my small village in rural New England.  All the races were local, including electing our three selectmen, zoning board of appeals and a couple of other town officials. The GOP, which once dominated town politics, could barely be bothered to field a slate of candidates, and so what was once a town of Rockefeller Republicans has slid inexorably leftward to become a town of liberal Democrats.

Still, we're not so liberal here that we don't require a photo ID in order to vote.  You're greeted by volunteers, who check your name and local address against the town's voter rolls, carefully cross-checking before you can receive your ballot, color in the little ovals with a special pen -- I used to love the old mechanical voting machines, but time has marched on -- and then feed them into the counting machine. Then you take your sticker and leave with a smile.

If we can require ID here in the cradle of American democracy, bluer than blue, why can't everybody else?