Korean War Veteran Excluded from Voting
I'd like to talk to you in just a second about Floyd Carrier, an African-American Korean War veteran, who was born in a hospital on a county line in East Texas, and they didn't register his birth. So he can't get a birth certificate, it doesn't exist for him. And when the Voter ID law went into effect immediately after Shelby County, he drove his tractor down to the polling location, because he can't drive, he doesn't have a driver's license. He goes down there where everybody knows him. Hey Mr. Carrier, how are you doing? And he says "Can I vote?" And they say "well we need your ID." And he says "well I don't have an ID." And they said "well Mr. Carrier, we know who you are, but we're not allowed to let you vote anymore." A veteran of the Armed Forces in the Korean War was excluded from voting because of some mistake made at his birth in paperwork.
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