Robertson County seniors who don’t have a picture on their government-issued ID cards will have to obtain new cards if they want to vote next year. A new law which requires all voters to present government-issued photo ID at the polls was created to put an end to voter fraud, but one group that will be affected by this change will be seniors, who have the option not to use a photo on their driver’s licenses or state-issued ID cards.
“I just don’t think it’s right,” said Frances Swearingen, 86. “I’ve worked at the polls, and if you hand me your voter registration and your ID, there’s not going to be any fraud.”
Swearingen has not had her photo on her identification since she turned 65.
“If I wanted my picture on there, I would have put it on there before,” she said.
To help explain the new requirements, the Robertson County Election Commission will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. at the Robertson County Office Building’s third-floor conference room. Cathy Hamsley, administrator of elections, will be on hand to answer questions.
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