In my last blog, I spoke about our focus on local businesses and involvement with the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce. Recently, Trish and I attended a Congressional Luncheon hosted by the chamber. This event was quite impressive, allowing local professionals and political dignitaries to come together and discuss issues affecting them.
I was seated right next to the County Commissioner, and also at our table was the “celebrity” speaker, Congressman Patrick McHenry. Mr. McHenry is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs. He was a great speaker and did not come across as a politician; he was the same speaking in front of everyone as he was joking and talking at our table. Mr. McHenry urged everyone to stay educated on the facts of current issues and vote when the time comes.
During the Q & A, a member of the Board of Elections questioned identification requirements at polling places. It seems the board is very interested in being able to ID those who vote; North Carolina does not require people to show any type of identification when voting. Mr. McHenry said it makes little sense that he was asked for his ID when he picked up his dry cleaning, yet someone does not have to show anything when casting a vote to elect those who run our government.
Looking back at our last election, I recall many clipboards sitting on a table at the entrance of the polling place where a volunteer simply asked my name and checked it off. Absolutely no effort was made to prevent me from using someone else’s name. In contrast, Florida requires a state issued ID that must match what is kept at the polling place.
I am concerned with how many other states are similar to North Carolina and do not check ID. I am interested to know what it is like in your area; are you asked for ID when you vote?
Rachelle Tinley is the assistant executive director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com