Georgia’s new photo ID voting requirement didn’t seem to draw complaints from voters or cause people to be turned away during Tuesday’s special election in Bibb County.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office didn’t report problems in any of the other 22 counties holding special elections either, in what amounted to a trial run for the new rule.
The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections issued five IDs to voters who didn’t have them Tuesday, including at least one man who showed up at his precinct and was told he’d have to come back with a picture before he could vote. But beyond that, there were no problems or complaints, Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr said.
Worth noting — the election was held in a predominately black Commission district through the heart of inner-city precincts with clump of rural voters on the southern side. This was the stereotypical type of area wherein people have claimed we see problems.
Obviously, there is an unknown — how many people just didn’t bother to go vote. I suspect, however, that we would have heard about these people prior to the election. And we did not.