Americans who value free and fair elections as the cornerstone of American democracy must keep one crucial fact front and center. Voter registration and voter ID are two separate matters.
In many states, registered voters — those who have taken all the right steps and are legally registered to vote -- can still be turned away from polling places for not having the required voter ID. Voter ID laws across the country are so varied from location to location and so complex that registered voters must sometimes navigate a bureaucratic maze in order to exercise their right to vote. Even worse, government officials charged with administering these complicated rules sometimes do not understand them and cannot accurately inform would-be voters of the process, much less guide them through it.
It fell to VoteRiders to explain to government officials that their state does indeed have such a law, that its first voter ID law was replaced by a more stringent voter ID law, that the State Supreme Court overturned that law as being unconstitutional, and that the prior voter ID law thus remained in effect.
Thirty minutes later, after being transferred from one uninformed state official to another, VoteRiders spoke to a law librarian who was able to find the specific ID requirements in poll worker instructions. No one, however, was able to locate the actual statute stating the requirements.
Incidentally, the state has now enacted yet another more stringent law, which is once again being litigated. VoteRiders brought this inherent contradiction to the attention of state officials, but it was only after repeated attempts that the state finally revised its website to make this requirement less contradictory and confusing.
Some assert that this obstacle course was designed and built by partisans who believe that low voter turnout better serves their political agenda. That is a question for another day and is one for others to determine.
Irrespective of the answer, one overriding reality remains. Voter ID is here to stay. Rather, our particular role in protecting democracy is to focus on the sole response that makes practical sense — simply equipping voters across the country, one by one, with the ID they need to cast their votes. It's common to lose or misplace your birth certificate. Often, by the time you may try to get a marriage license, a passport in certain states, or a driver's license, you may no longer have an original birth certificate. Fortunately, it's a fairly simple process to get a copy of a birth certificate.
Create a free Birth Certificate Request Letter online, print it, and mail it to your state's vital records office with the applicable fee. For the mailing address and fee information, visit your state's Office of Vital Statistics website, listed below.
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Its citizens don't have elected Congressional representation and can't vote in the general presidential election. Expert Assistance Full service support and thorough review of all required information. Published Monday, May 1, Birth certificates. Some states may take up to five months to process duplicate birth certificates. Many applicants report long lines and extensive processing delays. Can I get a certified birth certificate?
All birth certificates are sent out via regular mail. If you would like overnight return delivery you must include a pre-paid envelope for this service. Town of Manchester does not accept credit cards or online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc.
VitalChek can be reached through its website, www.
An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express r , Discover r , MasterCard r or Visa r. During the Vitalchek application process online, under "select a birth certificate" section, make sure the order is being submitted to the Town of Manchester and not Connecticut Dept.
The completed application with signature and current ID can be emailed for more efficient processing rather than faxed.