I'm writing this after voting at the Morningside Branch Library in the Jan. 16 Iowa House District 6 special election. I went in to the polling place in a pair of sweats and a T-shirt after working outside doing some things that needed to be done. I was not freshly showered and in a suit, but I am a citizen and a veteran (so denoted on my driver's license) and so I deserve the same respect as any other human being. I presented my driver's license to an individual who looked at it and then looked at me and said, "What is your date of birth?" I was stunned, but I told him. Still looking at me, he then asked, "What is your address?" I was so rattled at the question that I said 2620 South Lemon, and he said "2621." After that I don't remember much, I was so angry.
I don't recall Iowa law giving them the right to arbitrarily ask a citizen who has followed the letter of the law more questions. If I am wrong, I'll be the first to apologize. He has my license, it has my picture on it, why the need to ask me more questions? Did he do that for every person who voted that day? The letter I have from the Office of Commissioner of Elections says provide ID. I did. Let me vote. - John Shuck, Sioux City