Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Hoo are you

Indiana nuns lacking ID denied at poll by fellow sister

About 12 Indiana nuns were turned away Tuesday from a polling place by a fellow bride of Christ because they didn't have state or federal identification bearing a photograph.

Sister Julie McGuire said she was forced to turn away her fellow sisters at Saint Mary's Convent in South Bend, across the street from the University of Notre Dame, because they had been told earlier that they would need such an ID to vote.

The nuns, all in their 80s or 90s, didn't get one but came to the precinct anyway.

"One came down this morning, and she was 98, and she said, 'I don't want to go do that,'" Sister McGuire said. Some showed up with outdated passports. None of them drives.

They weren't given provisional ballots because it would be impossible to get them to a motor vehicle branch and back in the 10-day time frame allotted by the law, Sister McGuire said. "You have to remember that some of these ladies don't walk well. They're in wheelchairs or on walkers or electric carts."

Nonetheless, she said, the convent will make a "very concerted effort" to get proper identification for the nuns in time for the general election. "We're going to take from now until November to get them out and get this done. You can't do this like school kids on a bus," she said. "I wish we could."

This is sure to piss off Mr. & Mrs. Contrarian, graduates of Notre Dame & St. Mary's College respectively.

I'm definitely sharing this article with Mrs. C. The whole procedure of registration and voting is already a confusing PITA in NJ, and all Indiana's law does is make it an even bigger PITA.

On a related note, Mrs. C. and I spent plenty of quality time, discussing the meaning of life while parked in front of the St. Mary's convent in my Toyota Corolla.
I'm sure the old ladies didn't fail to notice. "Oh, there's that nice young couple parked down there again practicing their Latin. At midnight."
Perhaps we were arguing over Humanae Vitae ;-)
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