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Local woman finds another voter's signature next to her name

Posted at: 11/08/2012 6:18 PM
Updated at: 11/08/2012 6:25 PM
By: Abigail Bleck

SARATOGA COUNTY - When Mary Lyons showed up to vote on Tuesday, she wasn't surprised to see a signature in the voting registration book, she takes her civic duty seriously and makes the effort every election.  Thing is: it wasn't her signature.

“I was very confused at first--as to what is the problem here,” she said.

The signature read Mary Anne Lyons.  This Mary Lyons' middle initial is C.  And Mary C. Lyons is what was printed in the book. 

After a phone call to the board of elections, Mary C Lyons was told the other voter is registered in Saratoga County--but not in district eight. 

Mary C Lyons was provided a provisional ballot and believes her vote counted.

“It seems like an awful burden to be responsible and not have better guidelines as to make sure the actual person is voting,” she said.

More than half the states require some sort of identification in order to vote.

New York is not one of them. 

Opponents to voter identification laws worry that id requirements discriminate against low income, minority, elderly and very young voters--all who are less likely, statistically, to drive.

A free picture ID, provided when a voter registers would be Mary C Lyons' suggestion for change.

“I don't want NY to become Florida, all the pundits are joking about Florida but I don't think it needs to be that complicated,” she said.

The Republican Election Commissioner told NewsChannel13 he was too busy to do an interview for this story but admitted that poll worker training could use some "tweaking."