Politics

86-Year-Old U.S. Veteran Paul Carroll Denied Right to Vote

| by Michael Allen

Paul Carroll, a 86-year-old World War II veteran, was denied his right to vote in Ohio's primary contest today after a poll worker refused to accept Carroll's photo ID from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The poll worker rejected the ID because it did not contain a home address, as required by an Ohio law that was passed by Republicans to combat alleged "voter fraud."

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Portage Elections Board Director Faith Lyon said the law requires an address on even a veteran’s identification card.

Carroll told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he got the ID from the VA after his driver’s license expired because he doesn’t drive anymore:

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“My beef is that I had to pay a driver to take me up there because I don’t walk so well and have to use this cane and now I can’t even vote,” said Paul Carroll, 86, who has lived in Aurora nearly 40 years, running his own business, Carroll Tire, until 1975.

“I had to stop driving, but I got the photo ID from the Veterans Affairs instead, just a month or so ago. You would think that would count for something. I went to war for this country, but now I can’t vote in this country.”