The ACLU and NAACP are reminding voters that a photo ID is not required to vote in Connecticut. Voters can present a credit card or utility bill — or even simply sign a form attesting to their identity, unless they are first time voters.

“Many people don’t have government-issued photo identification and they need to know they can vote without it in Connecticut,” said Andrew Schneider, executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut. “This year, we’re also concerned about people who have driver’s licenses or passports but lost track of them in the hurricane.”

“The people least likely to have government-issued photo identification are the poor, the young and minorities,” said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the NAACP of Connecticut. “The courts have blocked laws requiring photo identification in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin, and we must be certain the same discriminatory standard is not inadvertently applied in Connecticut.”

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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